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. 



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


Homework on this course will be issued as appropriate.

How you will be assessed

Class work and summative assessments will be used to assess you. You will be expected to work on National 4 level. 


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.

You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferrable skills in the context of physics such as: 

  • 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 

S4 and beyond

This course will complement your studies in related subjects such as biology and chemistry. A good performance will allow you to progress to National 5 physics and possibly Higher Physics. It will support you in a career path in areas highlighted under employment either in an apprenticeship or an college/university course. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

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