Headstart Courses

Available 19th June – 1st September 2023.

What is Headstart?

Our Headstart Courses are designed to prepare students for their upcoming year of learning, by teaching them 30-40% of the course over summer. Students are then provided with a test at the end of the course, to consolidate their learning. After which tutors will provide further guidance to get them in the best position possible for the new school year. Headstart courses are offered for Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths and Physics.

Summer 2023 Updates: We now have Headstart courses available for National 4 and Advanced Higher Maths. Please enquiry for any subject not listed here, and we can arrange lessons in a similar structure.

Why Headstart?

Track Progress – After the 20 hours of teaching, students will have an additional hour of tutoring to go through an at-home assessment that they are set at the end of the course. 

Easily Manageable  With only 4 hours teaching per week, students have plenty of time off and should feel less pressured in the new academic year. 

Ensure Success – The difficulty in progressing from Nat 5 to Higher is regularly mentioned by students. Our Headstart courses ensure students are prepared for the level of work required to have success at Nat 5/Higher. 

Be Prepared  Course notes, worksheets and practice papers are all provided.

Stay ahead  If your child wants to continue with their tutor, they will be eligible for 1 free lesson at the beginning of the new academic year.

Available Headstart Courses 2023

Scheduling Information

  • 20 hours of teaching + 1 hour end of course additional help
  • 2×2 hours sessions per week (10-15 break if required)
  • Delivered over 5-week period (breaks for holidays can be arranged)
  • Lessons are online, more info on this can be found here
  • Start Dates: 19th June-17th July (flexible if required)
  • End Dates: 4-6 weeks from chosen start date

Biology Headstart

Biology Tuition

National 5 Biology Headstart 

  • Cell Structure and Transport
  • Producing New Cells
  • DNA and Protein Production
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration

Full Course Details

Headstart Higher Biology

  • DNA Structure and Organisation
  • Replication of DNA
  • Gene Expression
  • Differentiation in Multicellular Organisms
  • Structure of the Genome
  • Mutations

Full Course Details

Chemistry Headstart

Chemistry Tuition

National 5 Chemistry Headstart 

  • Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • Reaction Rates
  • The Mole and Gram Formula Mass
  • Acids, Bases and pH
  • Chemistry Calculations

Full Course Details

Headstart Higher Chemistry

  • Nat 5 Chemistry Essential Skills
  • Controlling the Rate
  • Trends in The Periodic Table 
  • Bonding of Elements 
  • Bonding of Compounds 

Full Course Details

English Headstart

English Tuition

National 5 English Headstart 

  • RUAE Work
  • Critical Reading
  • Folio Work
  • Developing Literary Techniques
  • Discussion of at-home assessment

Full Course Details

Headstart Higher English

  • RUAE Work
  • Critical Reading
  • Folio Work 
  • Developing Literary Techniques 
  • Discussion of at-home assessment 

Full Course Details

Maths Headstart

National 5 Maths Headstart 

  • Equations, Inequations and Changing the Subject of the Formula
  • Expanding Brackets, Factorising
  • Fractions, Functions, Indices and Surds
  • The Straight line
  • Statistics

Full Course Details

Headstart Higher Maths

  • Essential Nat 5 Skills 
  • The Straight Line 
  • Polynomials and Quadratics
  • Functions 
  • Differentiation 1
  • Integration 1 

Full Course Details

Physics Headstart

Physics Tuition

National 5 Physics Headstart 

  • Prefixes and Scientific Notation
  • Speed and Acceleration
  • Forces, Motion and Energy
  • Scalars and Vectors
  • Projectiles
  • Space Exploration

Full Course Details

Headstart Higher Physics

  • Motion: Equations and Graphs
  • Forces, Energy and Power
  • Collisions, Explosions and Impulse
  • Gravitation 
  • Gravity and Mass 
  • Special Relativity
  • The Expanding Universe

Full Course Details

headstart 2023 Enquiries

Contact Information

3 Grassmarket, EH1 2HY


07456 626962

Customer Reviews

Caledonia Tutors

Customer Reviews

Nicola Charles 8th October 2023

English Summer Tutoring
My son had Georgia over the summer as a tutor and he really enjoyed the sessions. We decided to get him some tutoring because he got 3/30 in one of his tests. He did a similar test recently and scored 17/30, so a huge improvement. He is going to continue with English for the rest of his Nat 5 year.

Paul I 4th October 2023

Fantastic services provided by Caledonia Tutors and especially Hermione the Maths Tutor. Hermione did a great job tutoring my daughter to achieve her Nat 5 grade when at one stage before her help all hope of a pass grade seemed lost. The weekly lessons were structured very well and flexible to suit both needs and when required, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend both Caledonia and Hermione!!

Mrs Amanda Hay 27th September 2023

Cannot rate Caledonia Tutors highly enough. In particular , Georgia who is outstanding ! My daughter went from a no award for her Nat5 English prelim to an ‘A’ in the final exam - she is absolutely delighted ! Georgia is a lovely girl who is patient and understanding of all things teenage , and also is a natural when it comes to imparting knowledge . My normally very socially awkward daughter absolutely loves her . Aidan at Caledonia Tutors is excellent at selecting the correct tutor for each individual .Would highly recommend, we are using again this year for Higher !

Trish 22nd August 2023

Higher English Tutor - Alannah
I couldn't be more pleased with my daughters Higher English tutor - Alannah. She was exactly what she needed, understanding her gaps and explaining them so thoroughly. She helped her so much. Thank-you

ShaM 21st August 2023

Excellent Professional Tutoring
Brilliant professional company, offering first class tutoring by university students. We used Catriona G, for tutoring Biology and Chemistry. Catriona helped with with my daughter’s understanding of the subjects and she gained grades A for both in her final exams. Catriona was knowledgeable, relatable, and helpful. I highly recommend Catriona and Caledonia Tutors.

helpfuldad 16th August 2023

Excellent French tutor and organisation
Caledonia tutors was recommended when we were looking for a French tutor for my daughter who was sitting Scottish Highers. The process of finding and arranging regular tutoring sessions was very easy. Clare Stadnik is an amazing teacher. Very organised and put my daughter at ease from the get go. Clare instilled confidence in my daughter for Higher French and when the results came we were all thrilled! A grade in French! Thank you Clare and Aidan. Highly recommended.

Nicholas Clark 11th August 2023

Lucy undertook tutoring for our daughter for N5 maths this year. She did a fantastic job and our daughters result reflected Lucy’s hard work, dedication and ability to raise our daughters confidence to achieve in Maths. Extremely grateful. Thank you- I cannot recommend Caledonia tutors highly enough.

Kirstina Thomson 8th August 2023

I found Caledonian Tutors to be very easy and efficient to work with; from the initial emails about what we needed and expectations, to the tutor. Both Aidan Thomson and Aidan J, our Chemistry tutor were brilliant and kept us informed of progress. The results achieved speak for themselves - my son went from a pre-lim D, to an A at Nat5 thanks to the dedication and support of Aidan J and Caledonian tutors.

Rebecca Gilson 29th July 2023

Kirsty was a thorough and well prepared physics tutor. My son really enjoyed the sessions with her and found them very productive.

Ethan Cavaye 16th June 2023

Amazing experience with Gracie
Gracie was an outstanding tutor, she made my 6th year at school so much easier. She helped me through my Higher English and Drama with ease and helped me understand it so much more! Not only was gracie amazing at helping with my courses, she ws also extremely freindly, funny and caring. I definately reccomend Gracie to those needing a little extra help with their Higher english and drama! 10/10
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