Maths Higher

What is special about this course?

This course provides a natural progression from National 5 Maths and includes three units and a final exam.

Good reasons to study this course:

  • Gain individual SQA unit awards or the Mathematics group award.
  • Ideal preparation for Mathematics at HN and degree levels.
  • Entry qualification for some higher education courses that have a numeracy or mathematics entry requirement.
  • Learn skills that can be very useful in work situations or in everyday life.

Entry requirements

Candidates would normally be expected to have attained one of the following (or equivalent): National 5 Maths or Intermediate 2 Maths.

OR have an equivalent level of knowledge.

The three course units cover:

  • Expressions and Functions

  • Relationships and Calculus

  • Applications

Each unit individually entitles the student to an SQA award. Achieve all three units and pass the final external exam to gain the Mathematics Higher Group Award.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

One evening per week – 3 hours.

Practical exercises at tutor-led classes plus study from a set book.

Students will be required to undertake self-study to complete the course.

How long will my course last?

8 Month

One evening per week (3 hours).

Where can I study my course?

    • Anderson High School

Start date


Please contact the college for specific start dates.


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


Students on part-time courses may be eligible to have their course fees waived or cover some of the cost of the course fees by using an Individual Training Account (ILA).

For more information see the funding page. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: Higher Maths is one of the acceptable Higher level entry requirements for a wide range of HN and degree level courses.

Employment/Career: This course will provide proof of your developed maths skills to a prospective employer.

Former students have: Progressed on to study other courses at Shetland College UHI and other further and higher education institutions.

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