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National 5 Physics

Physics helps us to understand the world around us, from the tiniest particles to the largest galaxies and everything in between. Physics opens doors to a large range of careers from cancer treatment to tackling climate changegaming, robotics and artificial intelligence. Physics and physicists are helping to shape the future. More Physics careers here.

Physics offers a vast range of career paths and not only in science and technology. Their problem-solving skills make physicists versatile and adaptable, so they also work in interesting places from engineering to finance. Have a look at the Institute of Physics Careers webpage and Step into Physics to find out where Physics could take you.

N5 Physics is made up of six topics:

  • Dynamics
  • Space
  • Waves
  • Radiation
  • Electricity
  • Properties of Matter

There is a combination of theory and practical work throughout the course. N5 Physics is assessed through an exam and a practical assignment.

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