The Physics course aims to generate and develop learners’ interest, curiosity and enthusiasm for Physics and its impact on today’s society.

Physics gives learners an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe and covers a range of applications of the relationships that have been discovered through experiment and calculation, including those used in modern technology. It is a very practical subject and provides many opportunities to carry out experiments and practical investigations.

Through the study of Physics, within a relevant and modern context, learners will;

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Physics
  • learn about the applications of physics in everyday contexts
  • develop skills of scientific inquiry and analysis through challenging experimental work.
  • apply their knowledge to areas of Physics such as medicine, energy and industry
  • enhance their problem solving and research skills,
  • have opportunities to think creatively, analytically and independently.
  • have opportunities to develop a wide range of skills such as practical, research and communication.

Courses on offer:

  • S1-2: CfE Broad General Education
  • S3-4: National 3/4/5 Physics
  • S5-6: National 5/ Higher/ Advanced Higher Physics


The Chemistry Department currently runs a range of courses to suit pupils of different stages and abilities. In S3, pupils will begin to develop their understanding at National 3, 4 or 5 Physics depending upon the appropriate level. This is then developed further through S4.For S5 and S6 pupils, we offer National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Physics.

What course should you choose?

Pupils will be recommended to take either National 4 or National 5 Physics in S4 based on progress throughout S3. The choice of National 5 is also available to S5/6 pupils, although this choice will require that pupils independently catch up with work covered by S4 pupils in S3. Pupils with National 4 passes may choose National 5 Physics. Pupils with A-C grades in National 5 Physics may choose the Higher Physics course although those with a C grade may have to take this course over 2 years. Pupils who have not previously studied Physics should speak to the Principal Teacher and their guidance teacher to determine the best level of study. Generally a pupil opting for the Higher course without having previously studied the subject would be expected to have a good A/B higher attainment in at least 4 other subjects, particularly in Maths and English.