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This little blighter has caused so much trouble but we’re not to be beaten. So your exams have been cancelled but life will go on. If you were planning sitting N5 on 30th April please make sure that you have as much evidence of success as possible and schools may be open for this purpose.

Bring ALL of your evidence and put it in your file. Even if your evidence shows poor initial performance, it could be used to demonstrate improvement, we can use this too!

Learning Physics is never a waste!

If you are in S3 you might want to make a start on your N5 and learn the lessons from this year’s students and make a start.

N5 Past Papers

Doing past papers? Here is a helpful site to give you hints if you get stuck without revealing the answer. Thanks to Mr Hopely for this. It is also useful for Chemistry, Maths, and other subjects we don’t offer here.


Mrsphysics website

NB if you use a mobile to view this site the notices are right at the bottom. Scroll right down to read them

2020 Welcome to the National 5 part of the website.

The introduction to N5 Physics lower down the page under some important student resources. 

Course Resources


I am not here to worry you, but you ought to be concerned. If you don’t miss any lessons and we have no prelims there are just 163 school days from the start of the course to you leaving for study leave. If I see you 3 x per week that is approx 98 lessons! We need to move on.


 Your compendium contains N5 content, information on the exam and assignment,  maths, Relationships Sheet and Data Sheet. Check off the outcomes as you go through the course.

N5 Compendium word

N5 Compendium pdf


AND FINALLY THEY ARE FINISHED- Learning Outcome Question Booklet. Most of the answers are completed just Radiation and a few from Dynamics to finish. Find them all in the Learning Outcome Section.


Thanks to Mr F Rush for the N5 2018 LOs.

Relationships sheet

I’ll link this to the updated one soon!

Physics N5 Relationships Sheet

Quantity and symbol sheets


Help with the relationship sheet.pdf

Help with the relationship sheet.docx

This is a great little document for those who don’t know their W

from their Sv! For more http://www.physics-podcast.co.uk/

Below is a similar but slightly different version.

Nat 5 – Physical Quantities

Data sheet

PhysicsSQPN5DataSheet 2018

N5 Data Sheet word

You’ll find this on page 2 of the multiple choice (paper 1) of your exam.

SQA Course specification


Produced by SQA, this is the latest course specifications.

Resource guide- pre-2017

Physics Resources Guide N5 Feb 16

Studying Physics @ N5

Lots of people are scared of Physics and say it is too hard. I can’t claim that Physics will be the easiest subject that you can choose but I describe it like this.

“Some subjects that you choose will be like a walk in the park; very pleasant, quite straightforward, and not very strenuous.

walk in the park
walk in woods

Physics will be like climbing a mountain, hard going, challenging, and testing.


However, at the end of the day what would give you most satisfaction, sense of pride and achievement?

Are you up for a challenge or do you just want an easy ride?”


Summit Celebration

You can feel the sense of achievement in this photo.

You can experience that too-  choose Physics!

(the edited caption to the photograph above by Chris Morley says…

Summit Celebration People & snow. It’s a wonderful experience but a challenge for me to capture. Her happiness at reaching the summit of Guanaco was obvious. Taken on ‎April‎ ‎25‎, ‎2010)

Look at the inspiring quotes if you’re feeling a little low about your revision.

Updated May 2020

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