Mathematics: Higher

This Course is suitable if you are unsure of the route you want to take and would like to get some qualifications or if you require an SQA Higher to progress to your chosen Degree or HND.

Assessment Process:

3 Internal Assessment and Prelim

Each unit has ONE written closed book assessment.  It is essential that passes are achieved in all internal unit assessments before presentation for the external examination.

Prelim exam is undertaken in March.  The results of this examination are used to estimate potential grade in the external examination.

1 External Assessment

The external examination assesses the content of the 3 compulsory units.  This examination is in two parts.

Part 1 Non-Calculator

Part 2 Calculator

Materials required

A textbook and a scientific calculator will be required.


Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this course is Standard Grade Mathematics at Credit Level 1 or 2 OR an Intermediate 2 Mathematics (containing Maths units 1, 2 and 3) at an A or B. 

Entry may require interview.


Course Content

The course in Mathematics is made up of three internal units, which are detailed below:

  • Unit 1 Straight line Functions, Graphs Basic Differentiation, Recurrence relations
  • Unit 2 Factor/Remainder Theorem and quadratic theory, Basic integration, Trigonometric equations and formulae, Equation of a circle
  • Unit 3 Vectors in 3 Dimensions, Further Differentiation and integration, Properties of Logarithmic and Exponential Functions, Further Trigonometric Relationships


The course is not open yet for academic year 2013/2014.
Applications for this course will reopen shortly.

1 Academic Year
August - June
6 hours per week

Can lead to:
Preferred Career/Academic route.

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