Advanced Higher Physics
The Advanced Higher Physics course will not only extend pupils’ awareness of physics concepts, but will develop the necessary skills required to plan and carry out experimental work.
The content studied is similar to first year university physics and therefore provides an excellent base for pupils intending to study a science based course at university.
The Advanced Higher Physics course contains 4 units:
Rotational Motion and Astrophysics (40 hours)
kinematic relationships, angular motion, rotational dynamics, angular momentum, rotational kinetic energy, gravitation, general relativity, and stellar physics.
Quanta and Waves (40 hours)
introduction to quantum theory, particles from space, simple harmonic motion, waves, interference and polarisation.
Electromagnetism (20 hours)
fields, circuits and electromagnetic radiation.
Investigating Physics (20 hours)
Learners will develop skills of planning, experimental design and analysis of recorded data.
Internal Assessment – assessed by the class teacher
To pass a unit each pupil must achieve 3 outcomes:
Outcome 1 – Planning, carrying out and reporting on an experiment / practical investigation
Outcome 2.1 – Assessment of knowledge from each key area of the unit
Outcome 2.2 – Assessment of problem solving skills
Outcome 1 and outcome 2.2 are transferable between units and so only need to achieved once. Outcome 2.1 must be achieved for each unit.
If an outcome is not achieved pupils will be offered support and an opportunity for reassessment.
External Assessment – assessed by the SQA
The course assessment is made up of two components:
Component 1 – Question Paper (Exam) 100 marks
Component 2 – Research Project 30 marks
Recording & Reporting
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