Mathematics National Qualifications

National 5

The course consists of three units. Each of the three component units are assessed internally by means of a unit test. There is also an external examination in May. The unit headings are:

  • Expressions and Formulae
  • Relationships
  • Applications

The National 5 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form. Understanding and applying mathematical skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. The course encourages the development of analytical, evaluative, abstract thinking and logical reasoning skills. Recommended minimum entry requirements: A solid pass of all assessments on the first attempt at National 4 Mathematics

N5 Past Papers
http://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/papers/papers/2014/N5_Mathematics_all_2014.pdf
http://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/papers/instructions/2014/mi_N5_Mathematics_all_2014.pdf
http://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/papers/papers/2013/N5_Mathematics_(Paper-1)-Specimen-Question-Paper_2013.pdf
http://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/papers/papers/2013/N5_Mathematics_(Paper-2)-Specimen-Question-Paper_2013.pdf

 

National 4

The course consists of three units. Each of the three component units are assessed internally by means of a unit test. There is also an external examination in May. The unit headings are:

  • Expressions and Formulae
  • Relationships
  • Numeracy

The National 4 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply straightforward mathematical skills in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form. Understanding and applying straightforward mathematical skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. The course encourages the development of analytical, deductive and logical reasoning skills.

Recommended minimum entry requirements: This course is suitable for students who have attempted this course in fourth year but did not compete it successfully.

Personal Finance Award

The course consists of two units. Each of the two component units are assessed internally by means of a unit test. The unit headings are:

Principles of Money: identify money, different forms of income, ways to store and access money, creating and using a budget, opening a bank account, comparing foreign currencies and using foreign exchange.

Money Management: different sources of income, features of saving products and providers, basic borrowing products and providers, exchanging items for money, different types of spending, managing a personal finance budget, protection through insurance.

Recommended minimum entry requirements: The Personal Finance Award is jointly certified by both SQA and Institute of Financial Services. It has been rated at SCQF level 4. The course is best suited for students who followed Lifeskills Mathematics in fourth year or for students not wishing to further their Mathematics qualifications beyond National 4.

Numeracy – National 5

The course consists of one unit. The unit is assessed internally by means of a unit test. Learners who complete this Unit will be able to:

· Use numerical skills to solve real-life problems involving money/time/measurement · Interpret graphical data and situations involving probability to solve real-life problems involving money/time/measurement

Recommended minimum entry requirements: The course is best suited for students who followed National 4 Mathematics in fourth year or Intermediate 1 in fifth year and do not wish to embark on the full National 5 Mathematics course.

Course descriptors S4

Mathematics – National 5

The course is split up into 3 units: · Expressions and Formulae · Relationships · Applications The National 5 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form. Understanding and applying mathematical skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. The course encourages the development of analytical, evaluative, abstract thinking and logical reasoning skills.

Mathematics – National 4

The course is split up into 3 units: · Expressions and Formulae · Relationships · Numeracy The National 4 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply straightforward mathematical skills in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form. Understanding and applying straightforward mathematical skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. The course encourages the development of analytical, deductive and logical reasoning skills.

Lifeskills Mathematics – National 3

The course is split up into 3 units: · Shape, space and measure · Manage money and data · Numeracy The National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics Course includes the study of number, money, shape, space and measurement in everyday life, enabling learners to interpret data and tackle real-life situations. The course prepares learners for applying the mathematical and numerical skills required for life long learning and the world of work.