Physics

The Physics Department comprises nine teaching staff, and one technician.

Our aims are:

  • To provide a stimulating learning environment which enables pupils to achieve their potential.
  • To maximise the learning and personal development of the pupils whilst they are in the department.
  • To increase the awareness of pupils to the relevance and usefulness of Physics in life.
  • To prepare pupils for a range of external assessments.

Pupils follow a common course in S1 and S2 and have the option of taking the National 5 course in S3 and S4.  As part of our National 5 course, pupils also complete the Added Value Unit for National 4 which in Physics takes the form of an assignment.  Pupils wishing to study Physics further can study Higher in S5, or in some cases S6.  The Advanced Higher Physics course is studied in S6 by pupils who have shown significant aptitude and interest in the subject and involves an individual practical investigation.

To allow greater breadth and depth of study the Physics Department also offers S6 pupils opportunities to study Advanced Higher Applied Mathematics: Mechanics; A Level Science in Society; Intermediate 2 Electronic and Electrical Fundamentals; Higher Electronics and GCSE Astronomy.

Staff in the Physics Department organise a number of extra-curricular activities including clubs and activities in school, trips to destinations such as Space Camp in Belgium and CERN in Geneva and visiting speakers and lecturers. The department is proud that the Institute of Physics has awarded the RGC Physics Department its “Excellence in Physics School Award” on four occasions in recent years.