Old Higher Past Paper sorted by Topic

Thanks to Mr Finch who has given permission for me to upload the old Higher Past papers sorted by topic. These could come up again but well worth practicing. Beware though, g was often taken as 10 ms-2. in multiple choice questions.

More Revision Resources

Thanks to Mr Dawson from Wallace Hall Academy in D&G for these great resources. Use them well!



Notes for exams

Here are some documents for setting exam papers which should be of use for teachers and also give students practise at answering questions from the command words.

My thanks to Mr S Farmer and Mr A Bailey for these.


To be completed

You’ll have Wednesday’s lesson and maybe some of Friday’s lesson and then we will move on. Ensure you’ve completed.

  • To check understanding of the PHOTOELECTRIC EFFECT and SPECTRA
  1. W2-W1=hf
  2. P&W Book 2 pp 16-21, 85-96, 101-105
  3. Make sure you have all the required notes for these chapters.

You were asked to write out 10x the meanings of the Standard Model that you got incorrect.


Completing Practical Work

Before you complete your assignment you’ll need to be familiar with how to complete a practical and write up. CLICK ON THE DOWNLOAD button to download a Guide to the Practical Skills Booklet. Hopefully it will be useful to everyone doing HIGHER ASSIGNMENTS.

Many think this has too much on Excel but it can be removed from the word document if you are going to hand plot your graph.

I’d be grateful for feedback on this document and how it can be improved. Thanks.

My thanks to my colleagues at Dumfries High School, Mr Belford and Mr Viola for allowing me to add this flipchart which I have converted into a pdf file (hence the apparent pages of not many changes- it works well on a flipchart) for you to see how to go about an assignment.


Assignments from 2018

In the next few months I’ll be adding details of the new Higher Physics Assignment with starter sheets.

February 2020

Well that didn’t happen did it? I’m on to it now! Until I can get properly up to date how about trying the experimental sheets in the document below which I’ve taken from Outcome 3s of the old Higher Course, for those who remember.

TopicStarter SheetAdditional Help
'g' AH 'g' a 2018
'g' BH 'g' b 2018
SlopesH g from slope 2020
RefractionH Refraction A 2018
Critical AngleH Refraction B 2018
PlanckH h 2018
1/d2H 1over d^2 2018
Half value thicknessH Half Value Thickness 2020
A.C. D.C. aH ACDC a 2018
A.C. D.C. bH ACDC b 2018
Internal Resistance & EMF A
Internal Resistance & EMF B
Capacitors A
Capacitors B
Capacitors C
Capacitors D
Wheatstone BridgeH Wheatstone 2018Wheatstone
Op AmpsOp amps

This summary is based on the updated information from the SQA. The first two links are for the candidate guide which is produced by the SQA and contains the information that students can access. This can be taken into the reporting stage of your assignment. It is important to check off what you have done at the end of your assignment with the marking instructions. Prior to this it would be a good idea to have gone through the Practical Skills Booklet.

The link below takes you to the full information document which is produced by the SQA. It is a current document. This cannot be taken into the Reporting stage of your assignment, although the document above can.

SQA Higher Physics Assignment.pdf


This assignment is worth 20 marks, contributing 20% to the overall marks for the course assessment. t applies to the assignment for Higher Physics.

Title and structureAn informative title and a structure that can easily be followed.1
AimA description of the purpose of your investigation.1
Underlying physicsA description of the physics relevant to your aim, which shows your understanding.3
Data collection and handlingA brief description of an approach used to collect experimental data.1
Sufficient raw data from your experiment.1
Data from your experiment, including any mean and/or other derived values, presented in a table with headings and units.1
Numerical or graphical data relevant to your experiment obtained from an internet/literature source, or raw data relevant to your aim obtained from your second experiment.1
A citation for an internet/literature source and the reference listed later in the report.1
Graphical presentationThe axes have suitable scales.1
Suitable labels and units on the axes.1
All data points plotted accurately and, where appropriate, line or curve of best fit drawn.1
UncertaintiesScale reading uncertainties shown for all measurements and random uncertainty in measurements calculated.2
AnalysisAnalysis Discussion of experimental data.1
ConclusionA conclusion relating to your aim based on all the data in your report.1
EvaluationThree evaluative statements supported by justifications.3

Revision Review 1

Revision Reviews 1 word

Revision Reviews 1 pdf

Covering Units Prefixes and Scientific Notation and Uncertainties. Also scalars and vectors.

Review Answers, don’t cheat, it wont do anyone any good, especially you!

Review answers1_2 word

Review answers1_2 pdf

The above answers are only corrected to the first two review!