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You might have wondered how the light goes on when you press the light switch, questioned whether outer space can be truly empty, watched a television program about our universe, or wondered what life would be like without gravity. Why is the sky blue? Can opera singers really cause a glass to shatter when they hit the high notes?
Physics involves considering all aspects of the world and universe, giving us an understanding of nature at its most basic level. From early childhood we are filled with a sense of wonder of the world around us, and are very curious about our world, and with children there is often an endless stream of "why's" and "how's."
Physics is behind the technology that puts satellites into orbit, made the internet possible, revolutionised surgery and is also behind the technology that will shape tomorrow’s world.


What next?
With a physics qualification, you can go on to study a very wide range of courses. From physics courses like astrophysics and cosmology to mechanical, civil and aeronautical engineering, medical physics, architecture and computing.

National 4 Physics

National 5 Physics

Higher Physics


How does the course content progress from one level to the next? Click here for an overview of the SQA Progression Framework.