Advanced Higher Mathematics (Course Code: C847 77)

SCQF Level 7 (32 SCQF credit points)

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Why study 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.

You will also get to develop skills in the areas of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as well as learn elementary calculus.

The skills you learn in this course are useful in many careers involving engineering, medicine, technology, business and the physical sciences.

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What do I need to get in?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

The course comprises three areas of study.

Methods in Algebra and Calculus

You will:

 The importance of logical thinking and proof is emphasised throughout this unit.

Applications of Algebra and Calculus

You will:

Geometry, Proof and Systems of Equations 

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment consists of two components totalling 100 marks:

Both question papers are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Study Materials

SQA Past Papers Mathematics Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Mathematics Advanced Higher Question Paper 1
SQA Specimen Mathematics Advanced Higher Question Paper 2

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in:

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