Physics is the study of the laws that govern how the Universe works, from relatively simple ideas like ‘the faster I go the more energy I have’ to the more advanced ideas – such as how space-time warps near massive objects. Physics has a strong link with Mathematics, and although the maths in Physics isn’t unduly difficult pupils will need the help of a calculator quite often as their course progresses.

Courses & Qualifications

S1 – S3

CfE Broad General Education

S4 – S6

National 4 Physics

National 5 Physics

Higher Physics

Advanced Higher Physics

Further Information

Many careers in the scientific and engineering fields require students to know and understand topics from physics, successful physics students go on to work in many fields, some you might not even have considered – who would have thought that physics graduates would find a role in trading the financial markets, for example? There are normally three full time staff in the physics department, extra tutorial sessions are run at various times through the year with particular emphasis on preparing for the SQA exams.

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