In this Course, and its component Units, there will be an emphasis on skills development and the application of those skills. Pupils are required to pass all 3 units and the final exam in order to achieve a course award.
Mathematics: Expressions and Functions
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and skills that involve the manipulation of expressions, the use of vectors and the study of mathematical functions. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.
Mathematics: Relationships and Calculus
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and skills that involve solving equations and to introduce both differential calculus and integral calculus. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop knowledge and skills that involve geometric applications, applications of sequences and applications of calculus. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, calculus, and also skills in mathematical reasoning and modelling.
All levels of Maths courses studied in S5/6 are allocated 6 periods of study per week.
We use a wide variety of teaching approaches and resources to engage pupils fully in the learning experience. Individual, paired and group-work is encouraged through the use of:
- Clear Desk Activities, Jigsaws, Dominoes, Loop games and Star Stations
- Various Smartboard resources for use with a whole class or in teams
- TI Nspire, Graphic calculators and Graphing software
- A variety of co-operative learning strategies
ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS – HIGHER MATHEMATICS
Unit assessments will be taken at appropriate points throughout the year with pupils being given notice of at least two weeks. An opportunity for reassessment can be given if necessary. However, a reassessment should not be required if a pupil is coping with the course and is working hard.
Pupils will sit a Prelim exam in January covering topics from two of the three units which gives practice under exam conditions. This is also used to provide an estimate grade.
External Course Exam – assessed by the SQA
The final examination is taken in two parts, a non-calculator and calculator paper. The standard of the final external exam is considerably above that of the unit assessments. It is therefore essential that pupils do not think that passing the units will guarantee a pass in the final exam. Regular independent study is required, approximately 1-3 hours per week, in order to be successful.
Recording & Reporting
Pupils will be given assignment and test grades in class and will receive more detailed reports in their S5 tracking and full report throughout the year. Please see the school calendar for these dates.