National 4/5

 

Course Outline

Each level consists of three units as summarised in the tables below. If you want more detailed information on the content covered go to the SQA website.

 

National 4

http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/CfE_CourseUnitSupportNotes_N4_Sciences_Physics.pdf

 

National 5

http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/CfE_CourseUnitSupportNotes_N5_Sciences_Physics.pdf

 

Unit 1 – Electricity and Energy

This unit will cover energy transfer, heat and the gas laws. The key areas covered are:

 

National 4

National 5

·        Generation of electricity

·        Electrical power

·        Electro-magnetism

·        Practical electrical and electronic circuits

·        Gas laws and the kinetic model

 

·        Conservation of energy

·        Electrical charge carriers and electric fields

·        Potential difference (voltage)

·        Practical electrical and electronic circuits

·        Ohm’s law

·        Electrical power

 

Unit 2 – Waves and Radiation

This unit will examine wave characteristics, sound, electromagnetic spectrum and nuclear radiation. The key areas covered are:

 

National 4

National 5

·        Wave characteristics

·        Sound

·        Electromagnetic spectrum

·        Nuclear radiation.

·        Wave parameters and behaviours

·        Electromagnetic spectrum

·        Light

 

Unit 3 – Dynamics and Space

This unit will examine dynamics and space. You will consider  the applications of dynamics and space on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.  The key areas covered are:

 

National 4

National 5

·        Speed and acceleration

·        Relationships between forces, motion and energy

·        Satellites

·        Cosmology

 

Kinematics

·        Velocity and displacement

·        Velocity-time graphs

·        Acceleration

Forces

·        Newton’s laws

·        Projectile motion

Space

·        Space exploration

·        Cosmolog

 

Key Skills

 

Continues to build on the key skills from S3

 

Assessment

 

You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways. Some of the assessments are for formative purposes to produce a profile report for you and your parents/guardians to show how you are getting on in each unit. These assessments will also help us decide which level National 4 or 5, you should aim for.

 

Other assessments are to provide evidence for SQA certification purposes and will be completed and marked following guidelines set by the SQA. These assessments will cover content and skills appropriate to National 4 or 5 levels.

 

National 4

National 5

 Assessment Task 1 -

A scientific report of an experiment or practical investigation.

The report must include:

  • A plan of the experiment including safety procedures
  • Observations/measurements
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Evaluation

YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE ONE EXPERIMENT REPORT FOR THE COURSE.

 

Assessment Task 1 -

A scientific report of an experiment or practical investigation.

The report must include:

  • A plan of the experiment including safety procedures
  • Observations/measurements
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Evaluation

YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE ONE REPORT FOR THE COURSE.

Assessment Task 2 -

A short scientific report of a research investigation.

You will select and research an application of physics from one of the key areas you have studied. You must produce a report of 40 -70 words which identifies the key area and the impact of the application on the environment/society.

YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE ONE RESEARCH REPORT FOR THE COURSE.

 

Assessment Task 2 -

A short scientific report of a research investigation.

You will select and research an application of physics from one of the key areas you have studied. You must produce a report of 50 -100 words which identifies the key area and the impact of the application on the environment/society.

YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE ONE RESEARCH REPORT FOR THE COURSE.

 

Assessment Task 3 -

A set of questions.

You will be given questions covering knowledge & understanding and problem solving under exam conditions.

YOU WILL GET A SET OF QUESTIONS FOR EACH OF THE THREE UNITS.

 

Assessment Task 3 -

A set of questions.

You will be given questions covering knowledge & understanding and problem solving under exam conditions.

YOU WILL GET A SET OF QUESTIONS FOR EACH OF THE THREE UNITS.

 

Added Value Assessment

You will investigate a topical issue in physics and its impact on society/the environment by:

  • Choosing a relevant issue in physics
  • Researching the issue
  • Presenting appropriate information
  • Explaining the impact, in terms of the physics involved
  • Communicating your findings

You will be able to gather information over several weeks and you will be given no more than 2 hours under supervised conditions to write up your findings under open-book conditions. This will be marked by your class teacher.

YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE ONE ADDED VALUE FOR THE COURSE.

 

Note: There is no final exam for National 4.

 Added Value Assessment

You will investigate a topical issue in physics and its impact on society/the environment by:

  • Choosing a relevant issue in physics
  • Researching the issue
  • Presenting appropriate information
  • Explaining the impact, in terms of the physics involved
  • Communicating your findings

You will be able to gather information over several weeks and you will be given no more than 1 hour under supervised conditions to write up your findings under open-book conditions. This will be submitted to the SQA to be marked. It is worth a total of 20 marks.

YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE ONE ADDED VALUE FOR THE COURSE.

 

You will sit a final exam which will test your knowledge & understanding from all the nits as well as problem solving skills. The exam will be sat under exam conditions in the hall. This will be submitted to the SQA to be marked. It is worth a total of 80 marks.