Physics SCQF 5 (Online Virtual Classroom) National 5

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

National 4 Maths plus one other National 4 science subject.

There are no internal units for this course.

You will gain an understanding of physics and develop this through a variety of approaches, including practical activities, investigations and problem solving. You will research topics, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to your findings, which develops skills of scientific literacy.

The course content includes the following areas of physics:

  • Dynamics In this area, the topics covered are: vectors and scalars; velocity–time graphs; acceleration;
  • Newton’s laws; energy; projectile motion.
  • Space In this area, the topics covered are: space exploration; cosmology.
  • Electricity In this area, the topics covered are: electrical charge carriers; potential difference (voltage);
  • Ohm’s law; practical electrical and electronic circuits; electrical power.
  • Properties of matter In this area, the topics covered are: specific heat capacity; specific latent heat; gas laws and the kinetic model.
  • Waves In this area, the topics covered are: wave parameters and behaviours; electromagnetic spectrum; refraction of light.
  • Radiation In this area, the topic covered is nuclear radiation

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Online

You will learn online through timetabled classes delivered by a lecturer in a virtual classroom. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access resources, complete assessments, and chat with your lecturer and classmates. You will also be required to undertake flexible self-directed study at a time convenient to you.

  • Thursday evenings 6 - 9pm
  • Optional Tutorial 5 - 5.45pm
  • Attendance on 2 Saturdays is also required

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

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What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course, students could follow several different paths.

  • Path 1: Progress on to Higher Physics.
  • Path 2: Enter a college engineering course.
  • Path 3: Enter a college construction course.

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