Physics is taught as part of a multidisciplinary approach to Science in T1-S1. In S2, pupils are given the option to specialise in Physics. In S3, pupils who have selected Physics read National 5 Physics over two years with submission of coursework and the SQA examination at the end of S4. S5 and S6 pupils read Higher Physics and Advanced Higher Physics respectively over one year and are allocated five periods a week.
Against the national trend, there is a high takeup of Physics at all levels, with a large percentage of pupils going on to study Physics-related subjects at degree level. Due to the academic demand of the subject, engineering disciplines, medicine and science-related degrees are common routes for many of our school leavers.
One of the attractions of the subject is the applied nature of its content and the very detailed extra-curricular activity that is offered by the department:
- S1/2 Eurospace Residential Trip - Astronaut Training
- West of Scotland Physics Education Group Live Wire Competition
- Young Engineers Club
- Arkwright Engineering Design Scholarship
- Scottish Space School Applications
- British Physics Olympiad
- Smallpeice Trust Residentials and Mini Projects
- CREST Awards
- Photography and Film