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The Waid Academy

Higher Maths


The aim of this course is to build on students’ previous experience in Mathematics.  This course contains more advanced mathematical techniques such as algebra, trigonometry and calculus.

Entry Requirements:

·         National 5 Maths – A/B

·         For Candidates with a Nat 5 Maths C – Entrance to Higher Maths would be dependent on potential 2 year Higher & possible upgrading of Nat 5 Maths at end of S5.

Course Content:  The course is made up of 3 units:

Relationships & Calculus

Develop algebraic trigonometric and calculus skills

Expressions & Functions

Using and applying algebraic trigonometric and geometric skills

Mathematics Applications

Applying algebraic and calculus skills to find an optimum solution

All learners will be required to provide evidence of reasoning skills, interpret situations and explains solutions in context.


Assessment:  Pupils are required to pass an internal assessment for each of the three units.  If these are completed successfully then the candidate will sit an external assessment in the May/June exam diet.  The external exam result will determine the pupil’s grade at A - D level.

Progression:  Successful completion of this course will enable progression to Advanced Higher Mathematics.  Higher Mathematics is often an entry requirement for degree level courses at university, particularly in the fields of Science, Computing, Engineering and Finance.