Physics (Higher)

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus


Physics qualifications give learners an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the sources of the energy we use, to the exploration of space, Physics covers a range of applications of the relationships that have been discovered through experiment and calculation.

Physics: Electricity
The Unit covers the key areas of: Monitoring and measuring a.c., Current, potential difference, power and resistance, Electrical sources and internal resistance, Capacitors, Conductors, semiconductors and insulators and p-n junctions.

Physics: Our Dynamic Universe
The Unit covers the key areas of: Motion – equations and graphs, Forces, energy and power, Collisions, explosions and impulse, Gravitation, Special relativity and The Expanding Universe.

Physics: Particles and Waves
The Unit covers the key areas of: The standard model, Forces on charged particles, Nuclear reactions, Wave particle duality, Interference and diffraction, Refraction of light and Spectra.

Researching Physics
Equipped with knowledge of standard laboratory apparatus, they will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a chosen physics topic.

Entry Requirements

Learners would normally be expected to have achieved the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

Physics at National 5

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

34 weeks


Highers, National Qualifications and Units

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General