National 5 Physics

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Course Rationale

National 5 Physics is a one-year course aimed at developing the concepts and skills taught lower down in the school. It is designed to pupils who have passed National 4 Physics or who are Secure in their understanding of Level 4 Science. National 5 Physics is an entry requirement for Higher Physics as well as for other areas of study or training.

Course Assessment

The course is assessed in three parts (below) and the award takes the form of a grade based on the score achieved:

  • A multiple choice paper worth 20% of the total.
  • A written paper worth 60% of the total.
  • A formal written assignment worth 20% of the total.

The two papers together make up the exam which is completed in one sitting. The assignment is sat separately under exam conditions but as part of the school calendar. All parts are externally marked.

Course Structure

Presentation for the above assessments is dependent on successful completion of all of the following three units:

  • Electricity and Energy
  • Waves and Radiations
  • Dynamics and Space

Passing the units depends on a pupil demonstrating that they have met the requires standard in the following areas:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of physics by making statements, describing information, providing explanations and integrating knowledge.
  • Applying knowledge of physics to new situations, interpreting information and solving problems.
  • Planning or designing experiments/practical investigations to test given hypotheses or to illustrate particular effects, applying safety measures.
  • Selecting information and presenting information appropriately in a variety of forms.
  • Processing information (using calculations and units, where appropriate).
  • Making predictions based on evidence/information.
  • Drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justification.
  • Identifying a source of uncertainty and suggesting an improvement to an experiment/practical investigation

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