SCQF LEVEL 7 - Adv Higher

The course develops the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to analyse and solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. It offers opportunities for collaborative and independent learning set within familiar and unfamiliar contexts. It also seeks to illustrate and emphasise situations where the principles of physics are used and applied, thus promoting the candidates’ awareness that physics involves interaction between theory and practice. The course allows candidates an opportunity to engage in some independent research. 


Advanced Higher Physics


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


Externally marked Assignment – 

it is expected that candidates will spend 10-15 hours on experimental work. Candidates may choose to spend additional time on experimental work.  

The report is expected to be 2500-4500 words. 

(total of 40 marks) 


Total course is out of 160 marks. 


External Exam-  

3 hours  

(total of 120 marks) 




Mrs Brennan 

Mr Byrne 



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. 

  • Active and independent learning through self and peer evaluations, setting targets, making independent decisions, using feedback 

  • A blend of classroom approaches including challenging experimental, practical and investigative approaches, whole class discussions and interactive teaching 

  • Collaborative learning: working with others in group or partner activities; intercurricular learning with other sciences, mathematics, technologies, religious and moral education; with organisations such as STEMNET 

  • Space for personalisation and choice: learners can choose what to observe or measure and their methodology; learners will choose the topic for their Assignment 

  • Applying learning 

  • Embedding literacy and numeracy skills: researching, selecting, summarising and presenting information using a range of sources; evaluating; recording and interpreting more complex data; using technology and data loggers. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Candidates should have achieved the Higher Physics course or equivalent qualifications and/or experience prior to starting this course.

what will you get?

  • develop and apply knowledge and understanding of physics 

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

  • develop an understanding of the role of physics in scientific issues and relevant applications of physics in society and the environment 

  • develop scientific analytical thinking skills in a physics context 

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


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Physics is a seriously useful subject for the majority of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) careers and you’ll find physicists everywhere, in industry, transportgovernment, universities, the armed forces, the secret service, games companies, research labs and more. 


Specific fields include: 

  • engineering (flight, buildings, space, you name it…), 

  • astronomy,  

  • robotics,  

  • renewable energies,  

  • computer science,  

  • communications,  

  • space exploration,  

  • science writing,  

  • sports and games technology,  

  • research and nanotechnology  

physicists diagnose disease, model the climate, design computer games, predict markets and design hi-tech goods.  Studying physics opens doors. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

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