Who’s it for?
Higher physics is a single year senior course for students who have achieved credit grades at standard grade or a good pass at intermediate 2. Students with general level passes at standard grade should first complete an intermediate 2 course before progressing to higher. The course also requires a high level of confidence in maths, preferable also at credit standard grade or intermediate 2 level, as the course is highly mathematical in nature. Higher physics is an academic course and functions primarily as a preparation for further education in colleges or universities.
What will I study
The higher course consists of three units which have end of unit tests which students must pass in order to be eligible for the final examination. There is also a practical experiment and report which should be submitted for each unit. The course, while academic, does allow for students to develop experimental techniques and problem solving abilities while wrestling with real life situations and design challenges.
Where does it lead?
Higher physics is a well respected higher qualification amongst universities and is required for many courses in science and engineering, however the skills developed in physics encourages an enterprising attitude to problems and aid students in their understanding of how things work in the world around them. As such the course is valuable for students whose aspirations lie in many different directions from performing arts to sports science.