PHYSICS - SENIOR PHASE

Senior Phase - National 4/National 5

 

There are a number of learning pathways students can take in Physics during their senior phase based on their personal interests and requirements for further education.

 

National 4/National 5

 

In fourth year students can opt to achieve at either National 4 or National 5 level. The course covers all of the major areas of Physics. Students also develop an understanding of physics role in scientific issues and relevant applications of physics in society. Key topics include Electromagnetic Waves, Nuclear Physics, Space Exploration, Moving Bodies, Electronic Circuits and Energy.  

 

National 4/National 5 Physics are each studied over one year and explores the following three units:

 

1.     Energy and Energy

2.     Waves and Radiation

3.     Dynamics and Space

 

National 4 develops key knowledge and skills required to progress to National 5 level in fifth year or sixth year. At National 4, students are required to pass three unit assessments, write a scientific report and complete an assignment on a research topic, all of which is internally assessed.  On successful completion of the course students can progress to National 5 Physics.

 

National 5 students are required to pass three unit assessments, write a scientific report and pass an external element. The external element is split into two sections: a written scientific assignment and an external exam at the end of the year. It is recommended that an A/B pass is achieved in the external element to allow progress to Higher level in fifth year.

 

More information on the course structure can be found on the SQA website.

 

Senior Phase - Higher/Advanced Higher

 

In their fifth and sixth year students can choose to further develop and deepen their knowledge of physics by studying initially at Higher level and then at Advanced Higher level.

 

Higher Physics Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts.

 

Advanced Higher Physics Course enables learners to build on the knowledge and skills developed in the Higher Physics Course and to use their mathematical knowledge and skills to analyse and solve problems in real-life contexts. Through a deeper insight into the structure of the subject, the Course reinforces and extends knowledge and understanding of the concepts of physics and develops skills in investigative practical work. 

 

Higher Physics is divided into four units:

 

1.         Our Dynamic Universe

2.         Particles and Waves

3.         Electricity

4.         Researching Physics

 

At Higher level, students will need to pass four unit assessments, write a scientific report and pass an external element. The external element is split into two sections: a written scientific assignment and an external exam at the end of the year.  It is recommended students achieve an A/B pass at Higher level to allow progress to Advanced Higher level in their sixth year.

 

Advanced Higher Physics is divided into four units:

 

1.        Rotational Motion and Astrophysics

2.        Quanta and Waves

3.        Electromagnetism

4.        Investigating Physics

 

At Advanced Higher level students will need to pass three unit assessments, an external exam and a scientific project.  They will then write a scientific report based on their projects, which also will be externally assessed.

 

More information on the course structure can be found on the SQA website.