Mathemathics - Higher Level

Equivalency Testing for Career Development is the examination board and awarding body

This Higher Level course is designed for students who need an equivalent qualification at GCSE level. It can be completed over 12 weeks and consists of 12 assignments. It requires approximately 4 hours self-study time per week.

There are no prerequisites for starting this course, however a reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed.

Students should study all the topics on the Equivalency Testing syllabus in depth before booking an examination. Brief details of the syllabus are provided below, and full information can be requested by emailing

Course materials:
Assignment booklet and revision guide.

Course tutor:
Students who enrol on the course are allocated a specialist tutor who  marks assignments and gives constructive feedback. Tutor contact is by email only.


The Higher Level Mathematics examination is 2 hours 30 minutes in duration. It comprises two separate papers, one calculator and one non-calculator paper. No formulas given in the exam. A maximum of 140 marks is awarded over the two papers.

Students need to study the full syllabus. It is important to note that completing a sample examination paper is not sufficient revision.

Examination materials:
Pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, pens, working scientific calculator. Online examinations require a PC or laptop with working camera.

Examination grades:
Students need to achieve Grade 4 to pass, but some universities stipulate that a Grade 5 pass is necessary:

Grade 1 (25% to 43%)
Grade 2 (35% to 44%)
Grade 3 (45% to 54%)
Grade 4 pass (55% to 64%)
Grade 5 pass (65% to 74%)
Grade 6 pass (75% to 84%)
Grade 7 pass (85% to 100%)

When can I take the exam?
New dates are added regularly. Check Exam Dates page for availability.

Topics covered in this unit:

  • Calculations and Calculator Skills
  • Further calculations, Non Calculator Skills
  • Angles
  • Areas and Volumes
  • Ratios
  • Pythagoras
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra
  • Number Patterns
  • Graphs
  • Statistics
  • Probability

Coursework and Examination

Students can choose our combined ‘home study and exam’ option in the core subjects of Maths, English, Biology and Combined Science. This flexible approach means home study coursework can be completed any time, and examinations are scheduled on a weekly basis.

Email to request full details on the subject you would like to study.

Examination only

If you have completed the course, or you want to choose an ‘exam only’, apply here to sit an examination.