Maths Higher (SCQF 6)

Mathematics is important in everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. The Higher Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form.

Aims of the Course

The Higher course aims to

  • motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical situations
  • develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics and the use of mathematics in employment
  • deliver in-depth study of mathematical concepts and the ways in which mathematics describes our world
  • allow learners to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form; skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development

Prerequisite

This course is suitable for learners who are secure in their attainment of the National 5 Mathematics course (achieving a Grade A or B).

Course Structure and Conditions of award

The learner must pass the Course assessment (external examination which is graded A – D) as per the structure below:

External Component

Marks

Duration

Question Paper  1 (Non-Calculator)

70

1 hour and 30 minutes

Question Paper 2

80

1 hour and 45 minutes

Both question papers will assess operational and reasoning skills, and will include both short answer and extended response questions.

Course Content

Expressions and Functions

This unit covers aspects of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.

Relationships and Calculus

This unit covers aspects of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.

Applications

This unit covers aspects of algebra, geometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.

Progression Routes 

Achieving an A – C award allows the learner to progress to doing Advanced Higher Mathematics