Mechanics encourages independent thinking and an enquiring approach. Learning mechanics develops questioning skills, logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity and the ability to communicate explanations concisely. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols, which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way.  


Level 7 - Math of mechanics


160 Hours


There is no assessed coursework


There is a 3 hour final exam


No necessary costs


Mr Reid



The course develops important mathematical techniques, which are critical to successful progression beyond Advanced Higher level in Mathematics of Mechanics and many other curriculum areas. The skills, knowledge and understanding in the course also support learning in technology, health and wellbeing, science, and social studies. 


The course aims to:  

  • use and extend mathematical skills needed to solve problems in mechanics  

  • consider the state of equilibrium or the movement of a body and interpret the underlying factors using known mathematical methods  

  • analyse the physical factors impacting bodies  

  • understand, interpret and apply the effects of both constant and variable forces on a body  

  • create mathematical models to simplify and solve problems  

  • analyse results in context and interpret the solution in terms of the real world  

  • develop skills in effectively communicating conclusions reached on the basis of physical factors and calculation 

The course can be split into 3 sections: 


Around one third of the course consists of topics which are also in the Advanced Higher Maths course  ie there is overlap between the two courses. 


A further third consists of topics included in the Higher and Advanced Higher Physics courses. 


The remainder of the topics are not included in any other courses. 


The course can therefore be covered in two periods per week. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

A pass in Higher Mathematics is required. 


A pass in Higher Physics is desirable. 


This course has to be done together with Advanced Higher Maths in S6. 

what will you get?

The course is graded A-D 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


The study of Mechanics to Advanced Higher level would be beneficial for anyone considering a career related to any of the STEM disciplines. 


For example,  any of the following engineering disciplines: 



  • CIVIL       

  • ELECTRICAL      

  • MECHANICAL      

  • OIL & GAS 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Oli - S6

This course is easier than your average advanced higher if you’ve done higher maths and physics.  It links in well with the AH maths and physics courses.  I would highly recommend this course. 

Eleanor - S6

I’m not really sure why I chose this course but it’s been worth it because it’s easy if you’ve done higher physics.  Universities are really interested in this course so it’ll help you get into uni.  Very few schools offer this course so you’ll stand out from other applicants. 

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