SCQF LEVEL 4 - National 4

You will experience the topics Dynamics & Space, Electricity & Energy, Waves & Radiation and gain an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the sources of the power 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. Other areas would be effective communication technologies using satellites, health technologies such as imaging techniques and a basic understanding on practical electrical circuits. 


National 4


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week


To attain National 4 an added value unit will be assessed (8 hours in total, 2 hours write-up under exam conditions) 


No external exam. 

Internal unit passes need to be completed as well as a skill based investigation report 




Mrs Brennan 

Mr Byrne 

Mrs Przygoda 



This course is ideal for those with an interest in physics or for those wishing to continue through the courses to National 5 and beyond.  


You will have the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as the ability to solve problems and establish relationships in physics by acquiring a broad knowledge base, practical skills and basic mathematical skills. It allows you to develop your scientific literacy which enables you to understand the processes behind scientific advances, and to appreciate and contribute to topical scientific debate.  

In class you will participate in a range of learning activities both individually and in groups.  There will be an emphasis on gaining and applying knowledge and as the development of problem-solving skills.  Wherever possible practical work will underpin theory and form part of the learning experience  


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Candidates should feel passionate about physics. They should have achieved level 3 outcomes in physics during their S1/S2 science 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


The range of careers that would benefit from attaining this course are wide ranging. Here are a few career areas on apprentice and/or university level: 

  • Engineering 

  • Manufacturing and Production 

  • Health Technology 

  • Construction and Building 

  • Logistics 

  • Chemical Sciences 

  • Energy sector 

  • Astronomy - Space 

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. 

Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT