Level 4 @ S3
Pupils have to make a choice at the end of S2 about the subjects they want to study further in S3 and perhaps take it to the next level.
The Physics course tries to explain the Science behind how things work – things that you see in your everyday life in the street, at home or in the news. Physics is the basic science underpinning most of the engineering we see around us and the digital technology that we use every day. The 3rd year Physics course is divided into a number of topics. The course can stand on its own but also provides the scientific foundations to allow pupils to progress to either the National 4 or National 5 Physics courses.
Forces and their effects on everyday objects are investigated. Speed and acceleration are covered along with friction. Examples looked at include cars, rockets and jet engines.
Electricity & Electronics
The unit starts with how and why basic electrical circuits work. This also covers current, voltage and resistance. The course then moves onto basic input and output circuit components, followed by simple electronic logic circuits. Pupils will be expected to design and explain the operation of simple electronic circuits such as a burglar or fire alarm.
Radiation & Waves
Sound and its uses including ultrasound investigated. Further study of light and the electromagnetic spectrum follows, leading into how the universe is observed and to the medical uses of electromagnetic radiation. Practical includes operation of a telescope and measuring the speed of sound.
Sources of energy and how they are exploited is covered including how electricity is generated. The effects of heat, temperature and pressure on substances is also covered by pupil participating in a series of practical activities.
Level 4 Art & Design is a natural progression from experiences and skills learned in levels 1-3.
In S3 you will explore and learn more new skills to help you develop your ideas further leading to certification at National 4 or 5 at the end of S4.