Higher Mathematics

Course Aims

The course aims to:  

  • motivate and challenge candidates by enabling them 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 candidates to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form, skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development 
  • deepen candidates’ skills in using mathematical language and exploring advanced mathematical ideas 


The course contains a comprehensive range of skills within the following key areas:

  • Algebra 
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Calculus


The course assessment has two components, which will be assessed externally:

Component Marks Duration
Component 1: question paper 1 (non-calculator) 70 1 hour and 30 minutes

Component 2: question paper 2 

80 1 hour and 45 minutes

Please note that these arrangements are subject to change.

Simon Fogiel, Course Leader Mathematics

Simon Fogiel is the Head of Mathematics at Robert Gordon’s College and Secretary of the Scottish Mathematical Council. Simon holds a MA(Hons) in Mathematics, a PgDip in Medical Physics and a PGCE(S) in Mathematics teaching from the University of Aberdeen. An SQA Advanced Higher Mathematics marker for 5 years, he has over 18 years of teaching experience and 13 years in senior teaching roles. He is passionate about helping his students realise their potential in this subject area.


Simon is a keen writer for a long-standing comedy group, producing sketches and a weekly column for a regional newspaper. His creativity and talented teaching style brings a curiosity led approach to mathematical challenges encouraging his students to think in different ways.