Course description

Physics is the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them. This entails asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. The answers to such questions can lead to advances in our understanding of the world around us.An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of concepts in physics.

Course progression

You can click on the links at each level to see more info.

In S6, you can combine the study of two Sciences (or one Science and one of the Broadening Courses from the "Eligible courses" section) plus Maths to study for the Scottish Baccalaureate in Science. Two of these subjects need to be studied to Advanced Higher, and the third subject needs to be studied to Higher. Subjects studied in S5 can count towards this award.

Careers through Physics

There are many careers and jobs available through Physics in every sector from zoological work through medical to environmental issues.

  • Renewable energy
  • Radiographer
  • Medicine
  • Sound engineer
  • Games design
  • Nuclear industry
  • Defence industry
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Dentistry
  • Law

Pupil Profile: Nathan

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I am planning to go work in IT after studying at university.

Following a Physics course at school has allowed me to develop problem solving, analytical and team working skills.

My advice to you is to push yourself as much as possible and always be prepared to ask questions.