This Course is valid from August 2014.
The Higher Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form.
Updates and announcements
Notification of changes
Unit Specification, Course Assessment Specification and Course Support Notes
Following feedback from practitioners, two Higher Mathematics mandatory documents and the Course Support Notes have been amended to provide clarification.
The Evidence Requirements of the Expressions and Functions (Higher) Unit Specification have been amended. The word 'numerical' has been removed to clarify that the expressions to be simplified using the laws of logs and exponents should involve variables, as purely numerical expressions can be simplified using a calculator.
The 'Further mandatory information on Course coverage' section relating to algebraic and trigonometric skills in the Course Assessment Specification has been reworded to maintain consistency of terminology throughout the document.
Minor typographical errors in Appendix one of the Course Support Notes have been corrected.
The amended documents are dated August 2014.
Unit assessment support packs
Unit assessment support packs for Higher Mathematics have been amended and are now available on SQA's secure site. The amended packs are dated August 2014.
A detailed list of all of the August 2014 changes is available on the notification of changes spreadsheet.
Qualification content and delivery tools
The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.
Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.
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This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
- Higher Mathematics Course Specification
- Higher Mathematics Course Specification (Gaelic translation)
- Comparative document Higher Mathematics Course Specification
The comparative document above clearly illustrates the additional information provided in the updated Course Specification compared with the version published in April 2012.
Course Assessment Specification
This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.
- Higher Mathematics Course Assessment Specification
- Comparative document Higher Mathematics Course Assessment Specification
The comparative document above clearly illustrates the additional information provided in the updated Course Assessment Specification (following development of the Specimen Question Paper and Coursework) compared with the version published in April 2012.
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
Advice and guidance
Course and Unit Support Notes
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit from session 2013-14. These also include marking instructions.
Unit Assessment Support
These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.