Mathematics Higher

What is special about this course?

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. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

The 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
♦ deepen the learner’s skills in using mathematical language and exploring advanced mathematical ideas

Entry requirements

Candidates would normally be expected to have achieved Core Maths 4, Standard Grade at band 1 or 2, or National 5 Mathematics.

Applicants will be given a short entrance test comprising National 5 level questions.

The Higher Mathematics course comprises 3 broad subject areas:

Mathematics: Expressions and Functions

You will develop knowledge and skills that involve the manipulation of expressions, the use of vectors and the study of mathematical functions. Topics cover aspects of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.

Mathematics: Relationships and Calculus

You will develop knowledge and skills that involve solving equations and to introduce both differential calculus and integral calculus. Topics cover aspects of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.

Mathematics: Applications

You will develop knowledge and skills that involve geometric applications, applications of sequences and applications of calculus. Topics cover aspects of algebra, geometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.

It is important that Higher Maths candidates devote regular time to revision and independent study outwith class.  It is not possible to achieve course success only by attending the weekly class and tutorial.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course can be delivered face to face in a classroom, networked to a number of centres by video conferencing, or through a combination of these methods of delivery.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

This course starts in the last week of August.The weekly evening class is for 3 hours in Thursdays, and there is also a one-hour tutorial on Tuesday evenings.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful candidates will be able to progress to a range of qualifications at degree level.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.