Higher Mathematics

The Higher Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical skills in a variety of mathematical situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form.

The Higher course consists of 3 internal units:
Unit 1: Expressions and Functions
Unit 2: Relationships Unit 3: Applications

At the end of each unit, pupils will sit an internal Unit assessment which must be passed in order to sit the end of course examination.

After pupils have completed the course, achieved a pass in each of the three internal Units and taking into account their Prelim performance they will be presented for an end of course examination. As part of the 2 year course, for those who are not ready to sit the Higher Examination they will be presented at National 5.

End of Course Examination

The SQA examination comprises 2 papers. 
Paper 1 is a Non-Calculator paper with a time limit of 1 hour and 10 minutes consisting of 60 marks. 
Paper 2 is a Calculator paper with a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes consisting of 70 marks.

The grades are awarded using the following criteria (pass rates can vary slightly from year to year): 
Grade A – 70% and above.
Grade B – 60% - 69%
Grade C – 50 – 59%
Grade D – 40 – 49%
No Award – Less than 40%

An A or B pass at Higher is recommended to progress to Advanced Higher in S6. With the additional time available in the S4/5 course we aim to achieve a National 5 Numeracy qualification.

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