Maths SCQF 6 (Online Virtual Classroom) Higher

What is special about this course?

Mathematics is important in everyday life. It helps us to make sense of the world we live in and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.  

This course is delivered by blended learning, using an online learning platform, Webex and our virtual learning environment (VLE) called Brightspace. Learning materials will be provided as a mixture of paper-based and through the VLE, Brightspace. You will work through the learning materials and complete tasks as requested by your lecturer. During induction students will learn how to use the VLE, which is an integral part of the course delivery. 

Entry requirements

  • National 5 Maths or equivalent qualifications and/or experience 
  • Candidates without achievement of National 5 Maths or equivalent qualification and/or experience will be asked to undertake a short skills profile test


The course aims to: 

  • motivate and challenge you by enabling you to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical situations 
  • develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics and the use of mathematics in employment  
  • deliver in-depth study of mathematical concepts and the ways in which mathematics describes our world  
  • allow you to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form, skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development  
  • deepen your skills in using mathematical language and exploring advanced mathematical ideas  

The evening sessions, which you will attend from home, are mandatory. Further to these, you will be expected to join a one-hour online tutorial once a week; this can also be done from home. There is also an element of self-study which will be required each week; students should allow at least 2 hours per week for this. 

To gain the award of the course, students must achieve all the component units, and complete a written folio and external exam. 


You will need access to a computer and wifi.

How will I study my course?

  • Evening
  • Online
  • Online Virtual Classroom
  • Thursday evenings 6 - 9pm
  • Optional tutorial 5 - 5.45pm

You will learn online through timetabled classes delivered by a lecturer in a virtual classroom on Microsoft Teams. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access resources, complete assessments, and chat to your lecturer and classmates. You will have to attend one of our campuses or centres for SQA assessments.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

One academic session as evening class.

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date

Annually in early September.


SCQF 4 - 6 Scottish Fee 

National 4, 5, Highers and Advanced Highers


A fee waiver could be available to help with the payment of your course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our fee waiver guidance to see if you are eligible.  

Fees are payable at the time of enrolment each academic year. Please get in touch with if you have any further questions. 

Additional costs 

Some of your assessments may require you to attend a college centre or other approved centre. This travel will be at your own expense but we will discuss these details with you throughout your application.


What can I do on completion of my course?

Higher Maths is an entry requirement for many university courses and is a valued qualification by employers.

  • Banking Customer Service Advisor
  • Credit Controller
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Finance Assistant
  • Data Analyst/Analytics Assistant
  • Trainee Data Scientist
  • IT Administrator

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