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Staff Members

  • Mr Coltart – Curriculum Leader Science
  • Ms Lyall – Chartered Teacher
  • Dr Smith
  • Mr Russell

 

Progression Pathways

The range of courses and levels studied in S3 to S6 is detailed in the following progression pathway:

Progression 2Courses

Pupils at James Gillespie’s High School can study Physics at the following levels: National 3, National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher as detailed in the progression pathway above. In addition to pupils gaining knowledge in many areas of Physics, they will also gain problem solving and practical skills which will prove invaluable as they progress on to further education and the work environment.

 

Resources

In addition to the text books detailed in each course section below, pupils can access revision materials, summary notes and learning outcomes via the website Edmodo. This is an online educational environment used by most teachers and students in our faculty. Pupils set up their own Edmodo account and join the correct group for their subject and course using a specific code which their teacher provides. A link to the login page is here: Edmodo.

 

National 3,4,5 Physics

The National Physics courses consist of three main units as shown below. The National 4 Physics course also has an additional Added Value Unit (AVU).

  1. Electricity and Energy
  2. Waves and Radiation
  3. Dynamics and Space

Additional information on the courses and assessment can be found on the SQA website:   N3 SQA    N4 SQA    N5 SQA

Textbooks:  ‘National 5 Physics’ by Arthur Baillie, HODDER GIBSON  and  ‘National 4 Physics‘ by Arthur E. Baillie HODDER GIBSON.

Revision Guide: ‘How to Pass National 5 Physics‘  HODDER GIBSON

Revision Websites:

 

CfE Higher Physics

The CfE Higher course consists of 4 units:

  1. Our Dynamic Universe
  2. Particles and Waves            
  3. Electricity
  4. Researching Physics

Additional information on the courses and assessment can be found on the SQA website:  CfE Higher SQA

Textbook:   ‘Higher Physics for CfE’ by Paul Chambers, Iain Moore and Mark Ramsay, HODDER GIBSON.

Revision Guide: ‘How to Pass Higher Physics for CfE‘  HODDER GIBSON

Revision Websites:

 

CfE Advanced Higher Physics

The CfE Advanced Higher course consists of 4 units:

  1. Rotational Motion and Astrophysics
  2. Quanta and Waves
  3. Electromagnetism
  4. Investigating Physics

Additional information on the courses and assessment can be found on the SQA website:  CfE AH SQA

Revision Guide: ‘Bright RED CfE Advanced Higher Physics‘  BRIGHT RED

Revision Website: