National 4 and 5 Physics
Physics is the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them. This entails asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. The answers to such questions can lead to advances in our understanding of the world around us and often result in technological improvements which enhance the lives of all. The study of physics is of benefit, not only to those intending to pursue a career in science, but also to those intending to work in areas such as the health, energy, leisure and computing industries.
Physics gives candidates an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the sources of the energy we use, 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. An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of physics concepts.
The Higher Physics course allows candidates to understand and investigate the world in an engaging and enjoyable way. It develops candidates’ ability to think analytically, creatively and independently, and to make reasoned evaluations. The course provides opportunities for candidates to acquire and apply knowledge, to evaluate environmental and scientific issues, to consider risk, and to make informed decisions. This can lead to candidates developing an informed and ethical view of complex issues. Candidates develop skills in communication, collaborative working and leadership, and apply critical thinking in new and unfamiliar contexts to solve problems. The course uses an experimental and investigative approach to develop knowledge and understanding of concepts in physics.
Advanced Higher Physics
In this course there is an emphasis on developing an understanding of physics concepts and applying this to familiar and unfamiliar contexts. The course also gives candidates the opportunity to develop and apply skills of scientific inquiry. The course develops candidates’ ability to think analytically, creatively and independently, and to make reasoned evaluations. It gives candidates the opportunity to apply critical thinking to solve problems. The course also develops candidates’ communication skills