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My education has been completely messed up. Was never in school for for 4 years, so my qualifications are utter shite from 4th year (all nat4). 5th year there's nothing going to be added to my certificate - as in no more qualifications. I'm moving school for S6. Anybody have any doubts as to me crashing 4 or even 5 highers? Anything from anybody to add about Higher English, Higher Maths, sciences etc...
I'll be able to study for 3 hours a day, everyday. Possibly even more. I just realllly want to have options ie university and/or apprenticeships.
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The problem you will probably have is with the school - a lot of schools will only let you crash Highers if you've proved yourself to be a bright and hardworking student and, while I'm sure you are, your current record might not convince the school that you are so therefore they might tell you to do Nat 5s.
As for the number of Highers, you'll want to stick with 4 maximum definitely not 5. Doing any Highers will be hard without Nat 5 or equivalent.
Higher Maths - You'll want to do Nat 5 Maths before going onto Higher, crashing Higher Maths is pointless as you need to know the Nat 5 course. Unless you're doing a maths based course at uni you won't need Higher maths but you'll almost always need Nat 5 maths. You would be better coming out of S6 with an A or B in Nat 5 maths than coming away with a fail in Higher.

Higher English - Higher English should be easy enough to crash. You don't really need to know anything from the Nat 5 course to do Higher English but you will have to put in a lot of hard work as it's a massive step up from Nat 4.

Higher Sciences - They are hard. I personally didn't take any sciences to Higher (I took Biology and Chemistry at Nat 5) but from what my friends say who take the sciences is you'll need to know the Nat 5 course in order to pass. Unlike Maths though I don't think it would be impossible for you to crash Higher a science BUT you would have to be willing to give up your lunchtimes and possibly after school to sit with your teacher and go through the Nat 5 course.

Business Management and Economics - I know you didn't specifically ask about these subjects but I wanted to include them. I would highly discourage you from taking crash Higher in these subjects. Economics is very Maths based and I doubt the school would let you take the subject without Nat 5 Maths and if they did there's no point in taking it as you wouldn't understand what's going on - my school won't let you take higher economics unless you're taking Higher Maths. As for Business Management, it's not necessarily maths based it's more just very hard in general - probably one of the hardest subjects so if you're wanting to take Business Management then see about doing a Nat 5.

Other Subjects that should be easy at Higher -
Modern Studies, as long as you have a good memory for remembering evidence then this is a good easy subject for you.
Politics, you learn about politics in Mods BUT you also learn about other things so if you're more interested in just learning about politics then this would be a good subject. There is no Nat 5 politics only higher.
History, same as Mods as long as you can remember evidence this should be a good subject.
Classical Studies, if you haven't heard of this before you basically learn all about Ancient History in Rome and Greece, it's very interesting and should be an easy A for anyone.
Food Tech/Hospitality, if you enjoy cooking and are good at it then this should be a very easy subject. Just be aware that half the course is cooking and half is learning about nutrition etc.

You'll need to study for more than 3 hours per night. You'll want to do at least 1 hour per subject a night for Higher and 1/2 an hour for Nat 5 (at our school we get one day a week off) so if you do 4 Highers and 1 Nat 5 that should be 4 1/2 hours extra study per day. This is on top of any lunchtimes sessions you may do with a teacher. But you do have to remember that you'll get free periods so you can study during them and if you're not with a teacher at lunch you can study at lunch.

I hope this was helpful if you have any questions feel free to message me.
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The problem you will probably have is with the school - a lot of schools will only let you crash Highers if you've proved yourself to be a bright and hardworking student and, while I'm sure you are, your current record might not convince the school that you are so therefore they might tell you to do Nat 5s.
As for the number of Highers, you'll want to stick with 4 maximum definitely not 5. Doing any Highers will be hard without Nat 5 or equivalent.
Higher Maths - You'll want to do Nat 5 Maths before going onto Higher, crashing Higher Maths is pointless as you need to know the Nat 5 course. Unless you're doing a maths based course at uni you won't need Higher maths but you'll almost always need Nat 5 maths. You would be better coming out of S6 with an A or B in Nat 5 maths than coming away with a fail in Higher.

Higher English - Higher English should be easy enough to crash. You don't really need to know anything from the Nat 5 course to do Higher English but you will have to put in a lot of hard work as it's a massive step up from Nat 4.

Higher Sciences - They are hard. I personally didn't take any sciences to Higher (I took Biology and Chemistry at Nat 5) but from what my friends say who take the sciences is you'll need to know the Nat 5 course in order to pass. Unlike Maths though I don't think it would be impossible for you to crash Higher a science BUT you would have to be willing to give up your lunchtimes and possibly after school to sit with your teacher and go through the Nat 5 course.

Business Management and Economics - I know you didn't specifically ask about these subjects but I wanted to include them. I would highly discourage you from taking crash Higher in these subjects. Economics is very Maths based and I doubt the school would let you take the subject without Nat 5 Maths and if they did there's no point in taking it as you wouldn't understand what's going on - my school won't let you take higher economics unless you're taking Higher Maths. As for Business Management, it's not necessarily maths based it's more just very hard in general - probably one of the hardest subjects so if you're wanting to take Business Management then see about doing a Nat 5.

Other Subjects that should be easy at Higher -
Modern Studies, as long as you have a good memory for remembering evidence then this is a good easy subject for you.
Politics, you learn about politics in Mods BUT you also learn about other things so if you're more interested in just learning about politics then this would be a good subject. There is no Nat 5 politics only higher.
History, same as Mods as long as you can remember evidence this should be a good subject.
Classical Studies, if you haven't heard of this before you basically learn all about Ancient History in Rome and Greece, it's very interesting and should be an easy A for anyone.
Food Tech/Hospitality, if you enjoy cooking and are good at it then this should be a very easy subject. Just be aware that half the course is cooking and half is learning about nutrition etc.

You'll need to study for more than 3 hours per night. You'll want to do at least 1 hour per subject a night for Higher and 1/2 an hour for Nat 5 (at our school we get one day a week off) so if you do 4 Highers and 1 Nat 5 that should be 4 1/2 hours extra study per day. This is on top of any lunchtimes sessions you may do with a teacher. But you do have to remember that you'll get free periods so you can study during them and if you're not with a teacher at lunch you can study at lunch.

I hope this was helpful if you have any questions feel free to message me.
You're a legend, cheers mate.
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