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
♦ deepen the learner’s skills in using mathematical language and exploring advanced
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 mandatory units plus an external examination.
Mathematics: Expressions and Functions (1 credit)
The general aim of this unit is to develop knowledge and skills that involve the
manipulation of expressions, the use of vectors and the study of mathematical
functions. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and
also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.
Mathematics: Relationships and Calculus (1 credit)
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and skills that involve solving
equations and to introduce both differential calculus and integral calculus. The
Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and also skills in
mathematical reasoning and modelling.
Mathematics: Applications (1 credit)
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and skills that involve geometric
applications, applications of sequences and applications of calculus. The Outcomes
cover aspects of algebra, geometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning
It is important that Higher Maths candidates devote regular time to revision and independent study outwith class.
How will I study my course?
- Part Time
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?
Typically each September.
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.
Is there more information available online?
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