Physics Higher

What is special about this course?

Higher Physics builds on the National 5 course to provide a deeper knowledge and understanding of applications of physics in society, experimental and investigate work and problem solving, including dynamics, astrophysics and modern electrical concepts.  The course will offer you the opportunities to gain:

  • An increased knowledge and understanding of facts and ideas, of techniques and of the applications of physics in society;
  • Skill in applying their knowledge and understanding in a wide variety of theoretical and practical problem-solving contexts;
  • Skills associated with carrying out experimental and investigative work in physics and analysing the information obtained. 


Entry requirements

While entry is at the discretion of the college, candidates will be expected to have the following:-

  • Standard Grade Physics with knowledge and understanding and problem solving at Grade 2 or above, or
  • Intermediate 2 Physics at B or above/National 5 at B or above, and
  • Standard Grade Mathematics at 2 or above or Intermediate 2 Maths at B or above/National 5 Maths at B or above. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) if studying full time along with other subjects

Additional costs

If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately £360 per subject. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver. 

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What can I do on completion of my course?

At Inverness College UHI there is scope for progression to HNC Applied Science, BSc Applied Science or BSc Environmental Science.

In Engineering, there is potential for access to a variety of HN and BEng degrees including Civil Engineering, Power Engineering, Engineering Systems and Electrical/Mechanical Engineering.

Is there more information available online?

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To study this subject along with other Science Highers, English or Maths please click here Science Highers Programme

To study this subject on its own please click here Higher Physics

If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately £360 per subject. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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Please note that places are limited and some applications may be placed on a waiting list. We will inform you if this is the case.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Inverness College UHI. Inverness College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.