Higher Physics

Entrance Requirements:

A National 5 Physics award at grade A or B.

Alternatively a pass in Higher Mathematics and either Higher Biology or Higher Chemistry.


The course contains the following units:

Unit 1 - Electricity

Unit 2 - Particles and Waves

Unit 3 - Our Dynamic Universe


At the end of each unit a topic test is undertaken by the pupils.The pupils are required to pass the tests for each unit with a resit test being given if required.

The pupils are also required to do a LO1 (Learning Outcome 1). This is a fully written up report on a practical experiment undertaken in class.

Pupils sit a final examination at the end of the year, which involves a multiple choice and a written exam.

The pupils also do an assignment which is sent to the SQA for marking.

S5 Higher Pupils at the Engineering taster day held in Glasgow University.

Higher Notes and SQA Past Paper Podcasts

The 24 topics in the course each have a number of podcasts depending on how long the topic is.

Every podcast is approximately 8 minutes long and follows the path of the notes associated with the topic.

The seven Higher Past Papers (Specimen,2012,2013,2014,2015, 2016 and 2017) have been podcast to help with the final exam revision. Every question is individually podcast and lasts approximately 4 or 5 minutes. The topic that the question comes from, the equations and data required and detailed analysis of the explanation and using your knowledge of Physics questions are given.

If you want a copy of the Higher Notes Podcasts or the Higher Past Paper Podcasts, then bring your memory stick to Mr McMullen in C216.


Higher Exam Marking

Question Paper (3 hours)
Multiple Choice = 25 => Scaled Marks = 25 (45 minutes)

Written Paper = 130 => Scaled Marks = 95 (2 hours and 15 minutes)

The Question Paper is scaled down to 120 Marks (80%)

Total Marks = 20 => Scaled Marks = 30 (20%) 


Total Marks
Question Paper (120 Marks) + Assignment (30 Marks) = 150 Marks


Higher Assignment

File icon: pdf Higher Assignment Details [pdf 257KB] Click to download
File icon: docx Researching Physics Pupil Log Book [docx 42KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 1617 Pupil Guide HIGHER PHYSICS ASSIGNMENT [pdf 202KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf S5 Higher Summer Homework Activity 1 - LEDs [pdf 195KB] Click to download