Higher Grade Physics

Course Outline

The Higher Physics Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts.

There are two full units, two half units and a further short unit which will provide students with the ability to deal with experimental uncertainties.


Our Dynamic Universe


And Waves


Researching Physics

Key Skills

 motion (equations and graphs)

the standard model

monitoring and measuring a.c.


·         apply skills of scientific inquiry and draw on knowledge and understanding to research the underlying physics

·          apply skills of scientific inquiry to investigate, through experimentation, the underlying physics

·          apply skills of scientific inquiry and draw on knowledge and understanding to prepare a scientific communication for the practical investigation


forces, energy and power


forces on charged particles

current, potential difference, power and resistance

collisions, explosions and implosions

nuclear reactions

Electrical sources and internal resistance


wave particle duality


Gravity and mass

Interference and diffraction

conductors, semi-conductors and insulators

special relativity

refraction of light

p-n junctions

the expanding universe



Hubble’s law



expansion of the universe



big bang theory



More details can be found on the SQA website




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.

General Websites

             sample assignments and marking scheme

glesga physics   


scholar login

Unit 2 websites

virtual experiments

electric field lines


op amps


Unit 3 websites

virtual experiments

Young's Experiment

Hydrogen Spectrum


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