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National 4/5 Physics

Physics gives us an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the study of the electrical and heat energy that we use in our society, to the exploration of space, it covers a range of applications of the relationships that have been discovered through experiment and calculation, including those used in modern technology. Advances in physics mean that our view of what is possible is continually being updated. This course will allow you to understand the processes behind scientific advances, and to appreciate and contribute to topical scientific debate.

 

Skills and Knowledge

A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • demonstrating your knowledge of physics by making accurate statements
  • applying your knowledge of physics to new situations, interpreting information and solving problems
  • demonstrating your understanding of physics by providing explanations and by bringing together different areas of knowledge
  • selecting relevant information from a variety of sources
  • presenting information appropriately in a variety of forms
  • processing information accurately, using calculations where appropriate
  • planning, designing and carrying out experimental procedures to test hypotheses or to illustrate effects
  • evaluating experimental procedures
  • drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence or justification
  • making predictions and generalisations based on evidence/information.

Learning and Teaching Methods
The course will be taught using various methods including whole class lessons, group work and individual investigation and research. A range of resources will be used including prepared notes, textbooks, video material and Moodle, our virtual learning environment. Practical tasks are teacher-demonstrated and undertaken in groups.

Careers Information
Physics is an important qualification if you intend to enter a career in engineering, physical science and some medical sciences. Furthermore, for many other career lines, it is a recommended course for study. These include such diverse fields as law, military service, accountancy and other non-physical sciences.