Science Department - Physics - National Qualifications
St. Margaret’s  High School

National 5 Physics

The Physics course is made up of three mandatory Units: Electricity & Energy, Waves & Radiation and Dynamics and Space. The concepts, principles and theories are often set in a relevant context, by making reference to applications of Physics and to real-world situations. The general aim of the course is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of Physics on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment. This can be done by using a variety of approaches, including investigation and problem solving. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.
  • Electricity and Energy -covers the key areas of energy transfer, heat and the gas laws.
  • Waves and Radiation -covers the key areas of waves and nuclear radiation.
  • Dynamics and Space -covers the key areas of kinematics, forces and space.


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

Courses include assessment of added value. At National 5 this will be assessed in the Course assessment. The added value for the Course must address the key purposes and aims of the Course, as defined in the Course rationale. In the National 5 Physics Course, added value will focus on breadth, challenge and application. Learners will draw on, extend and apply the skills they have learned during the Course. This will be assessed within a question paper and an assignment, requiring demonstration of the breadth of skills, knowledge and understanding acquired from across the Units and how they can be applied in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.


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.


This Course or its components may provide progression for the learner to:

Higher Physics

National 5 Course in another science subject

Employment and/or training


What careers can I pursue as a result of studying this subject?
Education (HNC/HND/Degree); If you study physics you may work in many varied employment sectors including: Animals, Land & Environment, Armed Services,  Construction, Engineering· Health & Medicine, Libraries, Museums & Archaeology, Manufacturing Industries · Performing Arts ,
Science & Mathematics, Security & Protective Services.

How can I find out more about Physics?

Any questions please see Mr Callan.

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