Learning about physics will develop your interest in and understanding of the world. You will have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of investigative tasks which will 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.
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.
For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two hour class. For evening classes you come to college or an outreach location within the community once a week for a 3 hour class.
Course Fees: £275 (approx.) per subject. Fees will be confirmed when application has been processed.
- Physics: Our Dynamic Universe - you will develop your skills of scientific inquiry investigation and analytical thinking along with knowledge and understanding of our dynamic universe within the key areas of kinematics dynamics and space time.
- Physics: Particles and Waves - you will develop your skills in scientific inquiry investigation and analytical thinking along with knowledge and understanding of particles and waves.
- Physics: Electricity - you will develop your knowledge and skills through scientific inquiry investigation and analytical thinking about electricity and specifically in the key areas of electrical storage and transfer.
- Researching Physics - you will develop the skills that are relevant to undertaking research in Physics. You will collect and synthesize information from different sources plan and undertake a practical investigation analyse results and communicate information related to your findings. You will also consider any applications of the physics involved and implications for society/ the environment.
How Course Is Assessed:
- To gain the award of the course you must pass all of the units as well as the course assessment. All units are internally assessed and this can be on a unit-by-unit basis or by combined assessment.
- In the course assessment you will draw on extend and apply the skills they have learned during the course. This will be assessed within a question paper and an assignment that will require you to demonstrate the breadth of knowledge skills and understanding acquired from the units and of how they can be applied in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.
Number of Days per week:
- 4 hours per week across 2 days
- It is essential that you have gained an A or B grade in National 5/Intermediate 2 in Physics and an A or B grade in National 5/Intermediate 2 in Mathematics.
- It is also recommended that you have gained an A or B grade in National 5/Intermediate 2 English.
Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying for.
- National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
- Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
- Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
- For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.
The above represents the minimum entry requirements.
These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
- If your qualifications are more than 5 years old we may invite you to sit a diagnostic test to assess your knowledge and suitability for the course.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £260 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
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