Higher Maths

Course Content

The new Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) Higher. Topics covered include: calculus, vectors, trigonometry, polynomials, circles, logs & exponentials. Three internal units with an external exam in May. The course can be delivered during the evening or by Distance Learning. Our Distance Learning course will be split into 2 parts - Preparation for Higher Mathematics (Aug-Jan) and Higher Mathematics (Jan-May) - learners must progress and achieve on the Preparation course to be allowed entry to part 2. Higher Mathematics is often described as the 'gold standard' of Scotland's SQA exam system, with more than 20,500 pupils sitting the paper last year. 

Entry Requirements

Standard Grade Mathematics at Grade 1, or Intermediate 2 Mathematics (C100 11) at Grade A, or National 5 Mathematicss (C747 75) at Grade A, or Higher Mathematics (C100 12) at Grade D or above. These qualifications must have been achieved at the first time of sitting. Entry to the course may also be subject to successful completion of a diagnostic test and one-to-one interview. 

Method of Assessment

Internal assessment and external exam. All learners must achieve a satisfactory mark in the prelim exam in order to be presented for the final exam.

Future Prospects

A pass in Higher Mathematics can open up many opportunities for learners; it is often an essential pre-requisite for entry to university in many areas.

Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Work-based/Flexible Learning

  • Campus

    Off Site

  • Start Date

    26 Aug 2020

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration

    32 Weeks

  • Subject Area

    Access & Essential Skills

  • Course Fee


  • All course fees are reviewed annually, and subject to change. Published fees apply to the courses mode of delivery.

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