We are adding new material to our very well received “advanced higher on a budget” and advanced higher physics experiments” sessions to form a new 2-day “Support for Practical Activities in Advanced Higher Physics” course.

The course will be extremely beneficial to those new to teaching advanced higher physics. All activities will be linked to the ‘mandatory content’ and ‘suggested activities’ as described in the SQA AH physics course specification document. It will also be of interest to those with more experience teaching advanced higher.

We will look at a wide selection of experiments (many of which can be done cheaply, with very simple equipment) across the areas of rotational motion, waves and electromagnetism to include:

the compound pendulum, resonance, SHM, water stream experiment, capacitor and inductor experiments, air cell experiment, newton’s rings /air fringes experiment and magnetic field strength experiment.

During your two days at SSERC, there will be time to collect data from each experiment. We will provide an experiment guide, typical results, where to source suitable resources and where appropriate, spreadsheets for analysing the collected results as well as different ways to analyse the data. We will also look at some of the theory exemplified by each experiment.

Course Dates: 15th – 16th September 2022

Closing Date: 17th June 2022

Cost: £400

Applying for this course is no longer possible as the closing date has passed.

Please email us at enquiries@sserc.scot if you would still like to register your interest.

Course Leader:
Norman Bethune
01383 626070

Course Cost: £400.00 

Applicants from Local Authority-funded schools and FE colleges will be entitled to apply for an ENTHUSE Bursary of £320.00 to help towards covering the cost of the course. 

Overnight accommodation will be provided to those delegates who live over 50 miles from SSERC or if their commute would take over 90 minutes by public transport. Accommodation will be offered at a local hotel.

  • Develop strategies for making the teaching of BGE, N5 and post-16 physics more engaging, inspiring and up to date.
  • Explore new creative approaches to practical work in N5 and post-16 physics, including N5 assignments.
  • Describe and model developments in some key areas of contemporary physics relevant to N5 and post-16 learners.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and other course members to share good practice/new ideas and to further develop activities.

The 2 day residential will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.