Science Department - Physics - Highers/Advanced Highers
St. Margaret’s  High School

Higher Physics

What will I learn in this subject?

Through learning in physics, learners develop their interest in and understanding of the world. They engage in a wide range of investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising, in a world where the skills and knowledge developed by physics are needed across all sectors of society.

Physics Courses encourage resilience, which leads to becoming a confident individual. Successful learners in physics think creatively, analyse and solve problems. Physics can produce responsible citizens, through studying the impact it makes on their lives, on the environment, and on society.
Higher Physics

The Higher Physics Course allows learners to understand and investigate the world in an engaging and enjoyable way. It develops learners’ ability to think analytically, creatively and independently, and to make reasoned evaluations. The Course provides opportunities for learners to acquire and apply knowledge, to evaluate environmental and scientific issues, to consider risk, and to make informed decisions. This can lead to learners developing an informed and ethical view of complex issues. Learners will develop skills in communication, collaborative working and leadership, and apply critical thinking in new and unfamiliar contexts to solve problems.

The purpose of the Course is to develop learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course. The relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts. This will enable learners to become scientifically literate citizens, able to review the science-based claims they will meet. The Physics course is made up of four mandatory Units: Our Dynamic Universe, Particles and Waves, Electricity and Researching Physics. The concepts, principles and theories are often set in a relevant context, by making reference to applications of Physics and to real-world situations.

Our Dynamic Universe
Study our current understanding of the structure of the universe.

Take a deeper look at electricity and investigate an introduction to semiconductors.

Particles and waves
Investigating fundamental particles, nuclear reactions and the wave properties of matter.

Researching Physics
Develop the essential skills for carrying out investigative scientific research in physics, and then apply these in the context of a topical physics investigation.

Course assessment structure
Component 1 — question paper 100 marks
Component 2 — assignment 30 marks
Total marks 130 marks

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.
Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.

The Course assessment is graded A–D. The grade is determined on the basis of the total mark for all Course assessments together.
A learner’s overall grade will be determined by their performance across the Course assessment.

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