Engineering Maths 2 SCQF Level 7

Develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to solve complex engineering problems.


Why take this course?

This is an Unit within Engineering Group Awards, may be part of other Group Awards, or can be taken as a stand alone HN Unit. The Unit provides learners with opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems involving trigonometric and hyperbolic functions and identities; to differentiate and integrate a wide range of functions and use differentiation and integration techniques to solve engineering problems.

This Unit is designed to develop the necessary mathematical skills required of learners seeking to use a Higher National Diploma in Engineering as an exit qualification for an Engineering workplace role or as a pathway to further studies in mathematics at an advanced level. 

What you will experience

Students must successfully complete each Outcome.

Outcome 1: Solve trigonometric and hyperbolic function problems

  • Inverse trigonometric ratios
  • Compound angle formulae
  • Basic trigonometric identities
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Basic hyperbolic identities

Outcome 2: Use differentiation techniques to solve Engineering problems

  • Differentiation of standards functions
  • Chain Rule
  • Second derivatives
  • Rates of change
  • Optimisation

Outcome 3: Use integration techniques to solve Engineering problems

  • Indefinite and definite integrals
  • Integration of standard functions
  • Applications of integration
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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Subject area

Entry requirements

It would be advantageous if learners had a knowledge and understanding of functions including trigonometrical, log and exponential functions together with sound algebraic skills. This knowledge and understanding may be evidenced by possession of the HN Unit Engineering Mathematics 1 or Higher Mathematics.

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any unit resources listed.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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