Physics - Highers/Advanced Highers
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CfE Higher Physics

The Higher Physics Course develops learners’ curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for physics in a range of contexts. The skills of scientific inquiry and investigation are developed throughout the Course, and the relevance of physics is highlighted by the study of the applications of physics in everyday contexts.
The CfE Higher Physics Course develops and builds on skills, knowledge and understanding from National 4 and 5. Learners will continue to:
  • Develop curiosity, interest and enthusiasm for  in a range of contexts and understand the relevance of  by studying applications of physics in everyday life
  • Develop skills of scientific inquiry and investigation;
  • Develop the ability to think independently, creatively and analytically.
Pupil Resources

Summary Sheets - Unit 1 - Our Dynamic Universe
Summary Sheets - Unit 2 - Particles and Waves
Summary Sheets - Unit 3 - Electricity

Learning Outcomes - Unit 1 - Our Dynamic Universe
Learning Outcomes - Unit 2 - Particles and Waves
Learning Outcomes - Unit 3 - Electricity

Relationship Sheet
Teaching Schedule

Useful Links

SQA Past Papers 
Scholar Login - Online Study Facility

BBC Bitesize CfE Higher Physics
Scottish Space School Applications
Higher Course Specification

Formal Homework Exercises

Unit 1   Unit 2   Unit 3  
1. Scalars and Vectors   7. Wave - Particle Duality   13. AC, Current, Voltage and Power  
2. Equations of Motion   8. Interference and Diffraction   14. Emf and Internal Resistance  
3. Forces and Energy   9. Refraction   15. Capacitance  
4. Momentum and Impulse   10. Spectra   16. Electrons at Work  
5. Gravitation and Special Relativity   11. Standard Model and Movement of Charge      
6. The Expanding Universe   12. Nuclear Radiation      

Our Dynamic Universe Particles and Waves Electricity
NASA information - Dark Energy, Dark Matter
Crash Course in Particle Physics - Brian Cox (Part 1)

Crash Course in Particle Physics - Brian Cox (Part 2)

Standard Model Summary - CERN

Documentary - Big Bang Machine
Band Theory


CfE Higher Course Outline

Unit 1 – Our Dynamic Universe
  • Equations of Motion
  • Forces, Energy and Power
  • Collisions, Explosions and Impulse
  • Gravitation
  • Gravity and Mass
  • Special Relativity
  • The Expanding Universe

Unit 2 – Particles and Waves
  • The Standard Model
  • Forces on Charged Particles
  • Nuclear Reactions
  • Wave-Particle Duality
  • Interference and Diffraction
  • Refraction of Light
  • Spectra

Unit 3 - Electricity
  • Monitoring and Measuring AC
  • Current, Voltage, Power and Resistance
  • Electrical Sources and Internal Resistance
  • Capacitors
  • Conductors, Semiconductors and Insulators
  • P-N Junctions 

CfE Advanced Higher Physics

The CfE Advanced Higher Physics Course is a new course due to begin in August 2015.  This course develops further the skills and abilities of those pupils who have passed the CfE Higher physics course.  The course consists of the following units:


  • Rotational Motion & Astrophysics (full unit);
  • Quanta and Waves (full unit);
  • Electromagnetism (half unit); and
  • Investigating Physics (half unit).
Pupil resources

Summary Sheets - Unit 1 - Rotational Motion
Summary Sheets Unit 1 - Astrophysics
Summary Sheets - Unit 2 - Quanta and Waves
Summary Sheets - Unit 3 - Electromagnetism

Learning Outcomes - Unit 1 - Rotational Motion and Astrophysics
Learning Outcomes - Unit 2 - Quanta and Waves
Learning outcomes - Unit 3 - Electromagnetism

Relationship Sheet

Useful Links

SQA Past Papers - pre CfE
Scholar Login - Online Study Facility