Advanced Higher
Mathematics Unit 2: Applications of Algebra & Calculus SCQF Level 7

Explore the applications of fundamental elements involved in algebra and calculus.


Why take this course?

The general aim of the Unit is to develop advanced knowledge and skills that involve the application of algebra and calculus to real-life and mathematical situations, including applications of geometry. Learners will acquire skills in interpreting and analysing problem situations where these skills can be used.

The Outcomes cover the binomial theorem, the algebra of complex numbers, properties of functions, rates of change and volumes of revolution. Aspects of sequences and series are introduced, including summations, proved by induction.

What you will experience

You will cover the use of mathematical operational and reasoning skills relevant to applications of algebra and calculus.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

You are required to have a Higher Mathematics qualification. 

What you will need

You will need a calculator for this course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

About this unit

This unit forms part of the Advanced Higher Mathematics course but can also be studied as a stand alone unit. The Advanced Higher qualification enables learners to develop skills in selecting and applying complex mathematical techniques in a variety of situations requiring knowledge of mathematics. These skills will enable progression to further learning and to employment.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, learners could progress to a course in Higher Education - for example a degree or Higher National Diploma in mathematics or in a mathematics-related area.



This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees Code
40 Hours over 2 Months £112.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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