N5 Past Papers

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The SQA has produced the whole timetable for the exams. Notice that the May Day bank holiday has been moved to the Friday to coincide with 75th Anniversary of VE day. The SQA are on the ball as I didn’t know that had been moved!

2019 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 pdf

N5 Compendium word

Outcome Questions

AND FINALLY THEY ARE FINISHED- Learning Outcome Question Booklet. Now I’ve just the answers to complete. Find them all in the Learning Outcome Section.

(August 2019) I’ll complete a.s.a.p.! Answer on flash/cue cards, which will make a great set of revision notes to use to self-test, or to get someone to test you.


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

N5 – Help with the ‘Relationships sheet’ 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 December 2019

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