Advanced Higher

Advanced Higher

Course Structure
Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways. Units can be taught sequentially or in parallel. However, learning and teaching approaches should provide opportunities to integrate skills, where possible.

Physics: Rotational Motion and Astrophysics (Advanced Higher)
This Unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to rotational motion and astrophysics. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving angular motion. An astronomical perspective is developed through a study of gravitation, leading to work on general relativity and stellar physics.

Physics: Quanta and Waves (Advanced Higher)
This Unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to quanta and waves. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving quantum theory and waves. The Unit introduces non-classical physics and considers the origin and composition of cosmic radiation. Simple harmonic motion is introduced and work on wave theory is developed.

Physics: Electromagnetism (Advanced Higher)
This Unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to electromagnetism. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving electromagnetism. The Unit develops knowledge and understanding of electric and magnetic fields and capacitors and inductors used in d.c. and a.c. circuits.

Investigating Physics (Advanced Higher)
In this Unit, learners will develop key investigative skills. The Unit offers opportunities for independent learning set within the context of experimental physics. Learners will identify, research, plan and carry out a physics investigation of their choice.


Conditions of Award
To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. The required Units are shown in the Course outline section.
Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.

Recommended entry
Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:
Higher Physics Course

Progression
This Course or its Units may provide progression to:
HND/Degree in a Physics-based course or a related area.
A career in a Physics-based discipline or a related area.