Start our SCQF 7 maths course online, anytime.

Study flexibly online with the University of Aberdeen and earn an Advanced Higher-equivalent maths qualification.

  • Designed to help you access university.
  • Lift your confidence and qualifications in maths to Advanced Higher level.

Start anytime

You’ll have 12 months to complete the course at your own pace.

24/7 learning

Set your own hours and study when it suits you.

Progress to university

Improve your maths grades to qualify for undergraduate degree entry.

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What you’ll study

You’ll work through an engaging range of maths topics.

The topic areas cover key SCQF Level 7 (Advanced Higher-level) skills, including:

  • methods in algebra and calculus
  • applications in algebra and calculus
  • geometry, proof and systems of equations.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This is an online, self-guided course.

You’ll work your way through a series of course units. Each unit guides you through structured exercises that help you to develop and consolidate your learning.

Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll have 12 months to complete the course at your own pace.

Online learning platform

Your course is delivered online through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It’s packed with learning resources, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with classmates.

It’s also available as a mobile app, so you have access to all your learning materials on your smartphone and mobile devices. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

In this self-guided course, you set your own study hours.

The learning resources are there for you 24/7, all year round, so you can log in and study anytime.

How many hours per week?

  • Learning and assessment for this course totals approximately 150 hours.
  • That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week over 12 weeks.
  • This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

This Access course is assessed entirely online.

  • Your course ends with two assessments. You complete and submit these online.
  • You do not have to take these final assessments until you feel ready. You can go back and review previous learning until you feel confident enough to progress to the assessment stage.
  • You need to pass both assessments. They combine to give you a final grade using our Common Grading Scale.

You can sit your assessments whenever you’re ready. But you will not get your results straight away.

This is because we mark assessments only at five fixed points each year, called exit points.

How exit points work

  • You can submit your assessments online at anytime, and they’ll be graded at the next upcoming exit point.
  • We position exit points throughout the year to line up with university and college admission dates.
  • We have fixed exit points so that your assessments can be reviewed by both internal and external examiners.

How you’ll get your results

  • You’ll receive a grade according to our Common Grading Scale.
  • You’ll receive your grades online.
  • You’ll receive your transcript (proof of your grades) via email after your grades are announced.

When you’ll get your results

Final grades are available one month after each exit point closes.

See our timeline below to see when exit points close and when results will be available.

Exit points for academic year 2023/2024:

Exit point 1

  • Exit point closes: 10am, 8 September 2023
  • Assessments submitted before the close of exit point 1 are graded
  • Final grades for assessments submitted in exit point 1 are available: 6 October 2023

Exit point 2

  • Exit point closes: 10am, 3 November 2023
  • Assessments submitted between the closure of exit point 1 and the closure of exit point 2 are graded
  • Final grades for assessments submitted in exit point 2 are available: 1 December 2023

Exit point 3

  • Exit point closes: 10am, 19 January 2024
  • Assessments submitted between the closure of exit point 2 and the closure of exit point 3 are graded
  • Final grades for assessments submitted in exit point 3 are available: 16 February 2024

Exit point 4

  • Exit point closes: 10am, 10 May 2024
  • Assessments submitted between the closure of exit point 3 and the closure of exit point 4 are graded
  • Final grades for assessments submitted in exit point 4 are available: 7 June 2024

Exit point 5

  • Exit point closes: 10am, 5 July 2024
  • Assessments submitted between the closure of exit point 4 and the closure of exit point 5 are graded
  • Final grades for assessments submitted in exit point 5 are available: 2 August 2024

Getting your results in time for entry to university or college

You’ll need your Access transcript as evidence for admissions departments. Please ensure you have enough time to receive your results and transcript before your course start date.

Resitting assessments

If you fail an assessment, you are allowed one resubmission attempt for the next available exit point. There is a £30 fee to resit your assessments.

Where this will take you

Your Access qualification

On successful completion of the course and assessments, you’ll receive:

  • 15 credits at SCQF Level 7 (Advanced Higher level), and
  • a transcript of your achievement from the University of Aberdeen.

What are Access qualifications?

This Access qualification is not an Advanced Higher. It is at an equivalent level to an Advanced Higher.

Advanced Highers are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). This Access qualification is awarded by the University of Aberdeen.

This Access qualification is designed:

  • in accordance with the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at Advanced Higher level
  • by educationalists experienced in working at this academic level
  • to develop your key Advanced Higher-level skills and support your access into Higher Education.

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Access university

Access Maths SCQF 7 is designed to increase your maths grades so you can meet university entry requirements.

Our Access qualifications, with successful completion of assessments, are accepted for entry at the University of Aberdeen.

If you’re applying to study anywhere else, please contact the respective university to confirm the acceptability of this course and the grades required.

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Entry requirements

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.


We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

This course is very much self-guided.

  • Have you ever taken a course that involved a high proportion of self-study?
  • If yes, did you enjoy self-study as a way of learning?

Self-study isn’t for everyone. If you’ve struggled in the past, or have any concerns, please get in touch.

Staff discount

University of Aberdeen staff are entitled to a 10% discount on this course. View full details and eligibility criteria.

No other discounts are available.

How to pay

  • Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
  • You enrol and pay for your course online – simply apply below.
  • We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.

Fees for this course will rise a little at the start of each academic year, on 1 August. This increase is typically 5%.

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is designed to lift your qualification level to SCQF Level 7 (Advanced Higher level). It’s ideally suited to those who have:

  • a pass or better at SCQF Level 6 (Higher).

SCQF Level 6 is equivalent to a pass at Higher. See the guide to SCQF levels.

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