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I’m in the process of choosing subjects, and I’ve picked 5 I kind of need for the future.

However, I also really want to take philosophy! That would mean self teaching a higher, and I’ve always been quite maths-inclined and got 98% in the prelim, so was wondering if self teaching it or attending a college course would be possible.

Has anyone ever self taught themselves a subject or attended a college course to learn an extra higher? The only thing putting me off college is the price (£300 :/ )
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I wouldn’t recommend
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(Original post by petsfurrypaws)
I’m in the process of choosing subjects, and I’ve picked 5 I kind of need for the future.

However, I also really want to take philosophy! That would mean self teaching a higher, and I’ve always been quite maths-inclined and got 98% in the prelim, so was wondering if self teaching it or attending a college course would be possible.

Has anyone ever self taught themselves a subject or attended a college course to learn an extra higher? The only thing putting me off college is the price (£300 :/ )
I wouldn't particularly recommend, as you can take higher philosophy in S6, and 5 As is better than 3As, 3Bs. Whether you're able to do it depends on you really, both in maths and your other subjects.

What are the 5 that you need for the future though? I'm not aware of any courses that specify 5 subjects that you have to take.
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I think I expressed it wrong - I want biology, chemistry, physics and maths because I am planning to pursue a scientific career and study natural sciences in the future, and couldn’t drop one! I also want to study English as science communication is something I’m looking into.My dad is a maths professor so I’ve been brought up with maths basically lol, and I feel capable of learning it, it’s really just time management.How long should you ideally be spending learning for a higher each week?
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I think I expressed it wrong - I want biology, chemistry, physics and maths because I am planning to pursue a scientific career and study natural sciences in the future, and couldn’t drop one! I also want to study English as science communication is something I’m looking into.My dad is a maths professor so I’ve been brought up with maths basically lol, and I feel capable of learning it, it’s really just time management.How long should you ideally be spending learning for a higher each week?
if you're scientifically minded and your dad is also a maths professor, i'd say go for it if you are confident you can always have a try, and if you decide maths is too difficult you could drop your 6th subject and focus on 5 highers
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I think I expressed it wrong - I want biology, chemistry, physics and maths because I am planning to pursue a scientific career and study natural sciences in the future, and couldn’t drop one! I also want to study English as science communication is something I’m looking into.My dad is a maths professor so I’ve been brought up with maths basically lol, and I feel capable of learning it, it’s really just time management.How long should you ideally be spending learning for a higher each week?
With that context, and assuming you're doing well with Nat 5s, then it could be achievable if you put the work in, which it sounds like you're willing to do.

Highers are 24 SCQF credit points each, meaning the SQA suggest 240 hours of study (in total- this includes teaching+learning, coursework (if the subject has it) and exam revision), or an average of 30 per month August-April. Obviously for some people they won't need to as much as this, and for others it will be longer (depends a lot on how efficient your study is!), but that's a guide if you want to quantify it.
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Thanks! I have decided enrolling in an open learning college course would be best to have more resources and keep me having to follow a schedule/more structured revision
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