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National 5 Physics

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
20 Aug 2024 @ 6 - 9pm (Tuesday evenings)
Qualification Type
SQA National Award
Course Type
1 year (August - June)

This course is free of charge, enquire to secure your place.

Physics is the study of matter, energy and the interaction between them. This entails asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. The answers to such questions can lead to advances in our understanding of the world around us and often result in technological improvements which enhance the lives of all.

The study of physics is of benefit, not only to those intending to pursue a career in science but also to those intending to work in areas such as the health, energy, leisure and computing industries. An experimental and investigative approach is used to develop knowledge and understanding of concepts in physics.

What will I learn?

National 5 Physics gives candidates an insight into the underlying nature of our world and its place in the universe. From the sources of the energy we use, to the exploration of space, it covers a range of applications of the relationships that have been discovered through experiment and calculation, including those used in modern technology

The course includes an assignment which your lecturer will support and advise you on, and a final exam.

The topics covered in National 5 Physics are:

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • National 4 in Physics or Maths


Please ensure you meet these entry requirements prior to making payment. If you pay but do not meet the entry requirements, the College reserve the right to refuse any refund.

You are required to provide your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) upon booking so we can ensure you meet the entry requirements above.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3784