SCQF Level 6
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

Mathematics is rich and stimulating. It engages and fascinates learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Learning in mathematics develops logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise and rigorous way. You can study this course at the Sighthill campus in the evening.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.


For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two-hour class. For evening classes you come to college once a week for a 3-hour class.


Course Fees: £326 per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed.

What You Will Learn
  • Mathematics: Expressions and Functions - you will learn to use mathematical operational skills linked to expressions and functions as well as how to use mathematical reasoning skills linked to expressions and functions
  • Mathematics: Relationships and Calculus - you will learn how to use mathematical operational skills linked to relationships and calculus as well as how to use mathematical reasoning skills linked to relationships and calculus
  • Mathematics: Applications - you will learn how to use and apply mathematical operational skills linked to different applications as well as how to use mathematical reasoning skills linked to applications.
Entry Requirements
  • National 5/Intermediate 2 Mathematics at grade A/B (or equivalent)
  • National 5/Intermediate 2 English at grade A/B (or equivalent)
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying.

The above represents the minimum entry requirements.

These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application higher.

  • (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
  • Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher

For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However, National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.

  • National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0
How the course is assessed

The course is assessed by an examination that will require you to draw on and apply the skills you have learned during the course. The examination requires you to demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and skills you have acquired from across the units in the course, sometimes in integrated ways. As an aid to meeting these aims, skills in using a calculator will be developed and a calculator will be permitted in part of the examination.


    Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
    • If your qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago then you may be invited to sit a diagnostic test to assess your knowledge and suitability for the course.
    Career Opportunities
    • The course has obvious relevance for candidates with interests in fields such as commerce, engineering and science where the mathematics learned will be put to direct use. it can also be used to gain entry to a Higher Education institution in conjunction with other relevant qualifications.
    Number Of Days Per Week
    • Tuesday  evening (3 hours) per week at Sighthill
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    Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

    Higher and National 5 Timetable
    Applying for Higher and National 5s

    Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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