Mathematics Higher

What is special about this course?

The study of mathematics has many very useful benefits.  It helps us develop reasoning skills, improve analytical thinking, and can be applied in our lives every day.  Mathematics quickens the mind and can help us think critically when we are faced with complex problems.

This course will help you to develop important mathematical techniques which are critical to successful progression beyond Higher Level in mathematics. The skills, knowledge and understanding in the course also support learning in technology, health and wellbeing, science, and social studies.

This is a suitable course for you if you need an SQA level 6 mathematics qualification to progress to degree level study and have already attained National 5 Mathematics or equivalent qualification or experience. The course is also suitable for you if you wish to develop the mathematical reasoning and numerical skills which are useful in other curriculum areas and workplaces.

Entry requirements

National 5 Maths

if you do not possess Nat 5 Maths, or your qualification is more than 3 years old, you 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.


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How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course will be a mix of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.

When we talk about ‘Connected Learning’ we mean that you will learn together with your lecturers and fellow classmates a scheduled time in an online classroom. This will include a combination of video conferencing (like a Zoom call), interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students, so it’s a much richer experience than purely online learning.

In 2021-22 we hope to return to having students in our local learning centres, where you will still take part in a virtual classroom, connecting with a few of our other locations, but you may have fellow students with you in your learning centre.

How long will my course last?

9 Months

Where can I study my course?

Start date

This course starts in the first week of September. The weekly class takes place from 7-9pm on Thursdays with a separate one-hour tutorial which you are required to attend.


The fee for this course is £352 which can be paid in installments.

If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits may receive a fee waiver. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 the cost of this course.

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU).


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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Returning to study Maths after 30 years was quite a daunting thought however I am so glad I signed up. John is an extremely knowledgeable, and patient tutor who has supported me though this course. Online lessons are easy to join and John uses a virtual “whiteboard” to demonstrate and explain the work which I found really helpful.

Judi, student in 2021-22


We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.