Physics Higher

What is special about this course?

Through learning about physics, you will develop an interest in and understanding of the material world. You will engage in a wide range of investigative tasks, which will allow you to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising, in a world where the skills and knowledge developed by physics are needed across all sectors of society.

If you are considering a career in engineering, marine or construction sectors this might be for the course for you.

Entry requirements

Ideally you shouldhave achieved a pass in Physics at National 5 or Intermediate 2.

You will attend an interview.

The units covered in the course are:

Our dynamic Universe

  • motion — equations and graphs
  • forces, energy and power
  • collisions, explosions, and impulse
  • gravitation
  • special relativity
  • the expanding Universe

Particles and waves

  • forces on charged particles
  • the Standard Model
  • nuclear reactions 
  • inverse square law
  • wave-particle duality
  • interference
  • spectra
  • refraction of light


  • monitoring and measuring AC
  • current, potential difference, power, and resistance
  • electrical sources and internal resistance 
  • capacitors
  • semiconductors and p-n junctions

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course is available in all of our college centres using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and virtual learning environments. Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

This course will run in all our college centres on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm.

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through class coursework and a final external SQA exam in April/May.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date





A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course students could follow a number of different paths.

Along with other relevant qualification, may allow entry to several college or university courses. Physics is the basis of engineering and is a key science subject. The knowledge gained in this Higher will help support you in furthering your aims towards medicine, pharmacy or any higher studies involving biology or chemistry.

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Apply for Physics Higher

I want to start in 2019/20
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