Physics - National 4

Units

Electricity and Energy, Waves and Radiation, Dynamics and Space, Added Value Unit: Physics Assignment

 

What skills will be developed?

  • knowledge and understanding of physics
  • an understanding of the role of physics in scientific issues and relevant applications of physics in society and the environment
  • scientific inquiry, investigative, analytical and evaluative thinking skills in physics and real life contexts
  • the ability to use technology, equipment and materials
  • problem-solving skills in a physics context
  • scientific literacy, in everyday contexts, to communicate ideas and issues
  • an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe
  • an understanding of the processes behind scientific advances
  • information-handling skills
  • drawing valid conclusions
  • an understanding the importance of accuracy
  • the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in physics

 

ASSESSMENT

To gain National 4, learners must pass all Units and the Assignment

Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school/centre (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

The Added Value Unit (Assignment) will require learners to research a topical physics issue during approximately 8 hours of class time. Findings will be written up in timed conditions (up to two hours).

 

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Physics - National 5

Topics

Dynamics, Space, Electricity, Properties of Matter, Waves, Radiation.

 

 

What skills will be developed?

  • in-depth knowledge and understanding of physics
  • applying this knowledge and understanding to new situations
  • an understanding of the role of physics in scientific issues and relevant applications of physics in society and the environment
  • scientific inquiry, investigative, analytical and evaluative thinking skills in physics and real life contexts
  • the ability to use technology, equipment and materials
  • problem-solving skills and creativity in a physics context
  • extended scientific literacy, in everyday contexts, to communicate ideas and issues
  • an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe
  • a deeper understanding of the processes behind scientific advances
  • information-handling skills
  • drawing valid conclusions and formulating hypotheses

 

ASSESSMENT

To gain National 5, learners must pass the Course Assessment (the Assignment and the Question Paper)

The Course Assessment will consist of an Assignment and a two-part Question Paper (both are marked by the SQA). For the Assignment, learners will research a topical issue and then write it up. The Course Assessment is graded A to D.

 

 

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Physics - Higher

Units

Our Dynamic Universe, Particles and Waves, Electricity, Researching Physics

 

Skills Development

• apply knowledge and understanding of physics

• understand the role of physics in scientific issues and relevant applications of physics, including the impact these could make in society and the environment

• develop scientific inquiry and investigative skills

• develop scientific analytical thinking skills, including scientific evaluation, in a physics context

• use technology, equipment and materials, safely, in practical scientific activities

• develop planning skills

• problem-solve in a physics context

• use scientific literacy to communicate ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices

• develop the knowledge and skills for more advanced learning in physics

 

Opportunities for Learners

Learners will be able to:

• develop their interest in and understanding of the world

• engage in a wide range of investigative tasks and develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising

• evaluate environmental and scientific issues, consider risk, and make informed decisions

• describe and interpret physical phenomena using mathematical skills

• practise scientific methods of investigation from which general relationships are derived and explored

 

Assessment

• To gain Higher Physics, learners must pass the four Units and the Course Assessment (Assignment and Question Paper for 120 marks)

• Units are assessed as pass or fail by the school/centre and are quality assured by the SQA.

Achievement of Units is recorded on the learner's qualifications certificate

• The Course Assessment consists of an Assignment (20 marks) and a Question Paper (exam for 130 marks) which is in two sections (see below). These are marked externally by the SQA

• Higher Physics is graded from A to D or as No Award.

 

Question Paper         

Section 1: Multiple choice questions (20 marks)

Section 2: Restricted and extended response questions (80 marks)
2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks

 

Assignment     

An investigation into a relevant physics topic, the findings of which are written up under timed conditions. 20 marks

 

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Physics - Advanced Higher

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the role of physics in scientific issues and relevant applications, including the impact these could make on the environment/society
  • extend and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of physics
  • develop and apply the skills to carry out complex practical scientific activities, including the use of risk assessments, technology, equipment and materials
  • develop and apply scientific inquiry and investigative skills, including planning and experimental design
  • develop and apply analytical thinking skills, including critical evaluation of experimental procedures in a physics context
  • extend and apply problem solving skills in a physics context
  • further develop an understanding of scientific literacy using a wide range of resources in order to communicate complex ideas and issues and to make scientifically informed choices
  • extend and apply skills of independent/autonomous working in physics

 

Progression and employment

On successful completion of this Course, learners could progress to:

HND/degree programmes in a physics-based course or a related area, such as engineering, electronics, computing, design, architecture or medicine.

Careers in a physics-based discipline or related area, or in a wide range of other areas, such as oil and gas exploration, renewable energy, construction, transport or telecommunications

 

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