S3 & S4 Physics

S3 and S4 follow the SQA National 5 Physics cours, which emphasises the application of physics in the world around us.

The purpose of the course is to develop candidates’ interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry are integrated and developed, throughout the course, by investigating the applications of physics. This enables candidates to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they will meet.

Physics gives candidates an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the sources of the energy 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. An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of physics concepts.

3 units are studied over S3 and S4:

  • Electricity and Energy
  • Waves and Radiation
  • Dynamics and Space

There is external assessment undertaken in two elements

  • 20% of the overall marks for the Course assessment

The assessment will assess the skills, knowledge and understanding specified for the assignment in the Course Assessment Specification.  This includes a practical investigation and then a research completed during class time.

  • 80% of the overall marks for the question paper.

The written element is assessed by means of examination at the end of the two-year course. The Course will be graded A–D.  This consists of a multiple choice section and a written section.