The Higher Physics syllabus consists of 3 mandatory units each lasting 40 hours, plus 40 hours flexible time:-
Our Dynamic Universe (40 hours)
Motion – equations and graphs, Forces, energy and power, Collisions, explosions and impulse, Gravitation, Special relativity and The Expanding Universe.
Particles and Waves (40 hours)
The standard model, Forces on charged particles, Nuclear reactions, Wave particle duality, Interference and diffraction, Refraction of light and Spectra.
Electricity (20 hours)
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.
Researching Physics (20 hours)
Learners will develop knowledge and skills associated with collecting, recording and processing information from a number of different sources. Equipped with knowledge of standard laboratory apparatus, they will plan and undertake a practical investigation related to a chosen physics topic.
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 – Assignment 20 marks
Recording & Reporting
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