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Physics Department

Learning Resources - Courses in S1, S2 and S3 - Qualifications in S4, S5 and S6 - Meet the Staff - Links - Photo Galleries

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Mr Owens' Higher physics class

Physics is the study of the way things work in the world around us. Many things in the home make use of the application of Physics, such as CD players, telephones, microwaves, TV, video recorders, computers etc.

Physics has many applications outside the home, such as sport, in hospitals, transport, outer space, energy supply and electronics.

The Physics Course in S1, S2 and S3

S2 General scienceFrom S1 until the end of S3, all pupils will experience a broad general education where they will work across the experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence.

In S1 and S2, all pupils currently have three periods of Science every week, which covers experiences and outcomes relating to all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You can find out more on the S1 and S2 science webpage.

In S3, pupils are given the opportunity to choose which two of the Sciences they wish to specialise in. For full details of the choices available, see the S3 Coursing Handbook.  Courses in S3 will deliver experiences and outcomes, which will prepare pupils for appropriate National Qualifications in S4. 

In the S3 physics course, the key areas pupils will study are:

  • Electricity and Energy – e.g.  renewable energy, electricity and heat
  • Waves and Radiations – e.g. electromagnetic spectrum
  • Dynamics and Space – e.g. forces, space and gravity

In studying these key areas pupils will aim to become successful learners by taking responsibility for their own learning. A variety of teaching strategies will be used, including active and collaborative learning as well as giving pupils the opportunity to develop their scientific inquiry skills.  Careers in Physics include Engineering, Mechanics, Astrophysics, Construction, Electronics, Plumbing, Electrician, Astronomer, Teaching and many more.

Pupils will be working on Experiences and Outcomes at Third and Fourth Level. This course prepares pupils for qualifications in Physics at National 4 or National 5 in S4.

Physics courses in S4, S5 and S6

In the Senior phase, pupils work on courses that lead towards National Qualifications at the end of S4, S5 and S6.

In S4, pupils can choose to take four periods per week of Physics. For full details of the courses available, see the S4 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Physucs department in S4 lead to awards in:

  • Physics at National 3, National 4 and National 5 levels

Mr Owens' S5 physics classThe key areas pupils will study are:

  • Electricity and Energy – e.g. electrical charge and electric fields
  • Waves and Radiations – e.g. wave parameters and behaviours, nuclear radiation
  • Dynamics and Space – e.g. projectile motion, Newton’s Laws

In studying these key areas pupils will aim to become successful learners by taking responsibility for their own learning. A variety of teaching strategies will be used, including active and collaborative learning as well as giving pupils the opportunity to develop their scientific inquiry skills.

In S5 and S6, pupils can choose to take courses in the Physics department. Each course takes five periods per week. For full details of the courses available, see the S5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Physics department in S5 and S6 lead to awards in:

  • Physics at National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.

Meet the Staff

Miss C Philp
Miss C Philp,
Principal Teacher (Curriculum)
(Sciences)
Mr S Tyler
Mr S Tyler,
Teacher of Physics
Ms S Hashemian
Miss S Hashemian,
Teacher of Physics

Also on this website...

Photo Galleries of Department Events:

Photographs: all newbattlehigh's public flickr photographs tagged with Physics

External Links

  • BBC Bitesize revision website: National 4, National 5, Higher
  • The SCHOLAR Programme Login Page - all pupils studying Physics at Higher or Advanced Higher levels will have been automatically registered for SCHOLAR. If you do not know your username (which is your SQA candidate number) or password, your class teacher should be able to help you.

Virtual Intermediate 2 Physics:

Introduction to Virtual Int 2 Physics

Electricity and Electronics

Mechanics and Heat

Radioactivity

Waves and Optics

Revision and Review