Subject Information - Mathematics

SQA National 4/5 Maths

Head of Department: Mr Nevil Hopley

Course Progression: Mathematics

Mathematics is a core subject of great general importance, and is therefore taken by all pupils to the end of S4 and by most pupils at least until the end of S5. There are different courses tailored to different levels of ability and all can lead on to formal qualifications at the post S4 stage as shown in the diagram.

All of the National 5 and Higher exam papers consist of two papers – one is designated a Non-Calculator paper, the other a Calculator paper.

From the start of S3, pupils are placed in Yellow, Orange and Red Maths Sets. Those in our Yellow sets aim for National 5 Maths by the end of S4. Pupils in our Orange sets also aim for National 5 Maths by the end of S4, and they will complete National 4 Maths assessments along the way. Pupils in our Red sets aim for National 5 Maths by the end of S5, completing the National 4 Maths qualification during S4.

The final certification for National 5 Maths is based solely on a final SQA Exam in May.

The final certification for National 4 Maths is currently based upon several Internal Assessments that are typically completed during S4, by the appropriate pupils.

 

SQA Higher

Head of Department: Mr Nevil Hopley

Course Progression: Mathematics

Overview of SQA Higher Mathematics

In S5, course choice is informed by the grades achieved at SQA National 4 and National 5 in the May exam and the January Prelim exam.  We also consider the intended future plans for each pupil’s progression with Mathematics, whilst also considering general aspects of sustainable work-load. At Advanced Higher pupils can study up to three different courses: AH Mathematics and/or AH Statistics and/or AH Mechanics.

Mathematics (S5/S6) SQA Higher Mathematics

This course completes the Higher Course in one session. We also have maths set(s) who study the Higher Course over two sessions, meeting the core ideas and skills during S5 and then strengthening them in S6. The final certification for Higher Maths is based solely on the final SQA Exam in May.

Recommended Entry

A sustained, strong performance at National 5 Maths is required for success at Higher Maths.
Therefore we require students to have passed the National 5 January Prelim Exam (Grade A, B or C) as well as achieving a Grade A (band 1 or 2) or B (band 3) in the SQA National 5 May Exam.

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S6 SQA Maths Courses

Head of Department: Mr Nevil Hopley

Course Progression: Mathematics

Overview

In S6, course choice is informed by the grades achieved at SQA National 4, National 5, Higher and the intended future plans for the pupil’s progression with Mathematics, whilst also considering general aspects of sustainable work-load. At Advanced Higher pupils can study up to three different courses: AH Mathematics and/or AH Statistics and/or AH Mechanics.

Progression of Mathematics in S6

Following completion of National 5 or Higher in S5, pupils in S6 can progress to National 5 Mathematics (resit or continuation), Higher (Resit or continuation of Higher from S5) and a choice of three Advanced Higher courses.

Mathematics (S6) SQA National 5 Mathematics

This course is designed for those pupils wishing to either resit National 5 Mathematics or continue with the National 5 Mathematics Course that they started in a previous session. The final certification for National 5 Maths is based solely on the SQA Exam in May.

Recommended Entry

  • National 5 Mathematics: Grades: B or C or fail

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Mathematics (S6) Higher

This course completes the Higher Course in one session. Classes of pupils can have a mix of previous experiences in them, including those who are resitting the course, those who are concluding the second year of a planned two year journey, and those meeting the course for the first time.  The final certification for Higher Maths is based solely on the SQA Exam in May.

Recommended Entry

  • National 5 Mathematics: Grades A (band 1 or 2) or B (band 3) as well as passing the January National 5 Prelim Exam with a Grade A, B or C.
  • Higher Mathematics (2 year course): strong performances in progress assessments
  • Higher Mathematics: Grades B, C or Fail

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Mathematics (S6) Advanced Higher Courses

Advanced Higher Maths courses should be considered by those pupils who wish to further their knowledge beyond that of the SQA Higher course that they will have completed. Maths at Advanced Higher is an invaluable course in its own right, but many will find that it can also support their other studies in S6. Mathematics offers three distinct courses at Advanced Higher level:

  • AH Mathematics
  • AH Statistics
  • AH Mathematics of Mechanics (referred below as just ‘AH Mechanics’) 

Students can sit any single course, any combination of two courses, or all three courses. As a guide, see the table below for which maths courses would help support your future studies. See Mr Hopley for more information about the content of each course. 

Note: The following table should be read as a guide only. Consult with Careers and look at prospective course entry requirements for individual universities. The Recommended (R) and Highly Recommended (HR) labels indicate the ‘minimum’ that you should consider doing – you can do more than those indicated, if you want to.

Future Subjects of Study AH Maths AH Statistics  AH Mechanics
Economics   HR R  
Business  R    
Geography    R  
Some Computing Courses R    
Biological and Chemical Science   R  
Physical Science R R R
Engineering HR   R
Mathematics HR HR HR
(R =recommended, HR =highly recommended)

 

Recommended Entry for AH Mathematics, AH Statistics or AH Mechanics

  • SQA Higher Mathematics: Grades A or B

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