National 4 Physics (Course Code: C757 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Physics?

This course is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Physics and its many applications in modern society. It provides the opportunity to develop skills necessary to find solutions to scientific problems, such as experimenting, investigating and analysing, and gives a deeper insight into the structure of the subject. The course makes a valuable contribution to your general education and provides a sound basis for further study.

The skills you learn on this course are valuable for careers in medicine, energy, industry, material development, the environment and sustainability.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Animals, Land and Environment

Computing and ICT



Health and Medicine

Science and Maths

Transport and Distribution

Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

From the sources of the energy we use to the exploration of space, advances in Physics mean that our view of what is possible is continually progressing. You will have the opportunity to design and carry out experiments and investigations to help you understand the role of Physics in scientific issues and in our lives.

The course has three compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Physics: Electricity and Energy (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Physics: Waves and Radiation (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Physics: Dynamics and Space (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Physics Assignment (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the 2022-23 session

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all the units including the practical unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Physics (National 4)