Physics S3/S4 Course

Physics – National 4 & 5

Content

Physics: Energy

This Unit will explore relationships in heat energy and in electrical energy, while developing skills in investigation, experiment and analysis. It will focus on concepts in energy and energy transformation appropriate to this level, and introduce some electronic systems and components.

Physics: Technology

This Unit will explore concepts, appropriate to this level, that are relevant to electrical and mechanical equipment in use in society, while developing skills in investigation, experiment and analysis. It will focus on the use of electromagnetic waves and sound waves in medicine and communications, and on applications of mechanics.

Physics: Space

This Unit will explore concepts, appropriate to this level, relevant to study of the universe and its exploration, while developing skills in investigation, experiment and analysis. It will focus mainly on relationships involving forces.

Physics: Added Value Unit (National 4)

In this Unit, learners will draw on and extend the skills they have learned from across the other Units, and demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired, in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.

Assessment

  • To achieve the Physics (National 4) Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit. National 4 Courses are not graded. 
  • To achieve the Physics (National 5) Course, learners must pass all of the required Units and the final exam.

Homework

Homework will be given on a regular basis to assist in learning. In addition, pupils are expected to prepare for end of topic tests and unit assessments. Pupils should spend approximately 40 minutes on homework each week.

Skills useful to the course

The main aims of this Course are for learners to:

  • develop scientific and analytical thinking skills in a Physics context
  • develop an understanding of the role of Physics in scientific issues
  • acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of concepts in Physics
  • develop understanding of relevant applications of Physics in society

Value of the course

The Course gives learners an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the study of the electrical and heat energy that we use in our society, 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.

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