National 5 Maths SCQF 5


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Mathematics is important in everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions. 

This course is delivered by blended learning, using an online learning platform, Webex and our virtual learning environment (VLE) called Brightspace. Learning materials will be provided as a mixture of paper-based and through the VLE, Brightspace. You will work through the learning materials and complete tasks as requested by your lecturer. During induction students will learn how to use the VLE, which is an integral part of the course delivery. 


Level SCQF 6

DeliveryBlended | Wednesday 5pm - 8pm

Additionally, you will participate each week in 1 (one hour) online tutorial which will be confirmed when your class starts. 



This course is delivered by blended learning, using an online learning platform - Webex and our virtual learning environment (VLE) called Brightspace.  

You will have to attend an assessment centre to complete: 

  • Prelim 
  • Final Exam 

Your lecturer will discuss this with you. 

Duration 1 Year


Course content...

The course aims to: 

  • motivate and challenge you by enabling you to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations 
  • develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics 
  • develop skills in manipulation of abstract terms in order to solve problems and to generalise 
  • allow you to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form; skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development 
  • develop your skills in using mathematical language and to explore mathematical ideas 
  • develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way 

The National 5 Mathematics course comprises 3 broad subject areas and is assessed via an external examination. 

The evening sessions, which you will attend from home, are mandatory. Further to these, you will be expected to join a one-hour online tutorial once a week; this can also be done from home. There is also an element of self-study which will be required each week; students should allow at least 2 hours per week for this. 

To gain the award of the course, students must achieve all the component units, complete a written folio and external exam. 

Where you can go... 

Successful candidates will be able to progress to a range of qualifications including Higher Mathematics.


Entry requirements

You will require to have at least 3 passes at National 4 level.

An entrance test must be undertaken if you have not achieved an appropriate English course. You should apply for this course and sit the entrance assignment, if necessary. Entry will be at the discretion of the college.