Highers and National 5 Courses

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Highers

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English

This qualification is one of the most commonly-required for entry to Higher Education and Degree courses. You will develop and extend a range of reading skills through studying, analysing and responding to a wide variety of informational, literary and media texts which contain complex ideas.

Part Time/Evening/Flexible learning available. This course is delivered as a taught class by blended learning, including the use of video conferencing from your local learning centre, and the virtual learning environment (VLE), which is called Brightspace.

Environmental Science

The Higher Environmental Science Course encourages the development of skills and resourcefulness, helping you towards being a more confident individual. Successful learners in environmental science think creatively, analyse and solve problems. Environmental science aims to produce responsible citizens, through studying relevant areas such as the living environment, the Earth’s resources and sustainability. Learners will be able to develop their communication and collaborative working skills.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject, which draws from the sciences and social sciences. The Course is practical and experiential and develops scientific awareness of environmental issues.

Environmental scientists are involved in tackling issues such as global climate change, pollution, use of land and water resources and changes in wildlife habitats. It involves an understanding of scientific principles, economic influences and political action.

This course is a part-time evening course. Your classes will be delivered online, by video conference. Assignments and learning materials will be available in our virtual learning environment. Classes last 2 hours, 1 evening per week and you'll also have a weekly 1-hour tutorial.

Mathematics

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

Part-time/Evening. This course is delivered as a taught class by blended learning, including the use of video conferencing and the virtual learning environment (VLE), Brightspace.

Psychology

Psychology is defined as ‘the scientific study of the mind and behaviour’. As well as a basic interest in human behaviour, you should have a basic grasp of scientific principles and the ability to analyse and evaluate theories and research studies. Assessment will involve describing relevant knowledge, analysing and evaluating this knowledge in terms of its scientific content, practical applications, ethical considerations etc. You will design an experiment/non-experiment based on an SQA candidate brief and write up a research report. This is worth 40% of the final mark and is marked externally. There is also a requirement to complete one piece of practical coursework.

Part-time. You will receive weekly taught sessions and work as instructed by your tutor. There will also be directed self-study to be carried out in your own time. Classes are delivered via video-conferencing.

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National 5 

English 

This qualification is the ideal starting point for those who have not achieved an English qualification at school, and who wish to prepare for further study. You will look at a range of fiction, including a specified Scottish writer, and non-fiction texts in order to understand and appreciate the techniques writers use to create meaning and impact in their writing.

Part-time/Evening/Flexible available. This course is delivered as a taught class by blended learning, including the use of video conferencing from your local learning centre, and the virtual learning environment (VLE), which is called Brightspace.

Mathematics/Applications of Mathematics

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 and real-life situations
♦ develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics
♦ develop skills in the manipulation of abstract terms in order to solve problems and to generalise
♦ allow learners to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form; skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development
♦ develop the learner’s skills in using mathematical language and to explore mathematical ideas
♦ develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way

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.