Mathematics - Highers/Advanced Highers

Contact Details

St. Andrew's & St. Bride's High School
Platthorn Drive
East Kilbride
G74 1NL

From session 2018-2019 onwards, the Higher Mathematics course no longer consists of 3 units; there is simply an external exam in May.

**Frequently Asked Questions**

**Q1. What is the recommended entry level?
Ans 1. **This course is intended for candidates who passed National 5 Maths in S4 or S5 with an ‘A’ or ‘B’ award, but we will allow an S5 pupil with a 'C' pass to attempt the course in some cases if parents request that to be the case, although it may effectively become a two-year course for many of them. The course is also available to candidates who failed Higher Maths last session, and to those who wish to try to upgrade their existing Higher Maths qualification.

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Paper 1 will consist of non-calculator questions worth a total of 70 marks and lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Paper 2 will allow the use of calculators (but not calculators which can perform symbolic manipulation - i.e. algebra). It contains 80 marks and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Candidates should give their best effort to all hand-in homework exercises. These are found on the departmental website which can now be found at

Completing all nightly homework tasks (from their textbook) and all hand-in exercises (homework sheets) on time is necessary, but not sufficient. Studying must be done over and above homework.

If pupils bring in a flash drive, they can be given a wealth of revision materials including past papers & solutions/marking schemes. If pupils work through these questions and ask for help, it will be of enormous benefit.

The department strongly advises pupils to use their own calculators daily so that they can learn how they work, as some work differently from others.

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A useful starting point is to recognise that each teacher’s notes will contain questions and answers (& rules/formulae). Encourage your son/daughter to cover up each answer and then try each question. Can it be done without having a look at the solution along the way? Even if the answer is correct, has the working been set out in the same manner as the original note? Each time the answer is “No”, ask for the technique to be studied again at home, then cover it up and try again.

No matter what level of Maths parents are familiar with, they can assist and make comment on areas such as presentation of work, look for questions in homework exercises that have been missed out (indicating possible problems) and encourage students to approach a member of the department for help.

From session 2019-2020 onwards, the Advanced Higher Mathematics course no longer consists of 3 units; there is simply an external exam in May consisting of two papers.

Q1. What is the recommended entry level?

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There is now a formulae sheet, but candidates must learn many other formulae & methods “off by heart”.

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A useful starting point is to recognise that each teacher’s notes will contain questions and answers (& rules/formulae). Encourage your son/daughter to cover up each answer and then try each question. Can it be done without having a look at the solution along the way? Even if the answer is correct, has the working been set out in the same manner as the original note? Each time the answer is “No”, ask for the technique to be studied again at home, then cover it up and try again.

No matter what level of Maths parents are familiar with, they can assist and make comment on areas such as presentation of work, look for questions in homework exercises that have been missed out (indicating possible problems) and encourage students to approach a member of the department for help.