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
From 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, 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 S4/5/6 Coursing Handbook. Courses currently offered in the Physics department in S4, S5 and S6 lead to awards in:
- Physics at National 3, National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels.
The 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.