Meaning of Higher in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhʌɪə/

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  • (in Scotland) the more advanced of the two main levels of the Scottish Certificate of Education.

    Compare with Standard Grade, A level

    ‘school-leavers with three Highers or more’
    • ‘It's also the next step in your education after A2s, AS Levels, Scottish Highers or other advanced level qualifications.’
    • ‘Children at the school worked towards Scottish Highers, but the subjects on offer depended on the staff the school could recruit.’
    • ‘The school is one of the 10% in Scotland which offer English A levels rather than Highers and there is a growing interest in this option.’
    • ‘The old O-grade exam was seen as being too academic and of little relevance, unless the student planned to continue with Highers and then university education.’
    • ‘Jemma is 17 and is studying for her Highers in Aberdeen.’