MATHS

SCQF LEVEL 5 - NATIONAL 5

Mathematics engages learners of all ages, interests and abilities. Learning mathematics develops logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity, and the ability to think in abstract ways. It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols, which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise, unambiguous and rigorous way. 

QUALIFICATION

National 5 Maths

DURATION

1 Year full time/

5 periods per week 

COURSEWORK

There is no coursework element which counts towards the overall grade. 

EXAM

Non-Calculator paper 

1hr 15min 

 

Calculator paper 

1hr 50min 

COST

No cost although pupils require a scientific calculator 

TEACHERS

The faculty has 8 teachers, all of who can teach this course. 

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

wHAT WILL YOU EXPERIENCE?

National 5 Mathematics provides pupils with skills which are helpful in other school subjects and which will be important for everyday life, now and in the world of work.  This course helps pupils to learn to appreciate mathematics and understand it’s importance in today’s world.  For many further education courses this is a compulsory subject for entry and employers very often require job applicants to have a qualification in maths. 

Pupils will cover a variety of topics under the headings of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Numeracy.  The emphasis is very much on using mathematical techniques to solve real life problems.  Weekly homework serves the purpose of consolidating key techniques and processes. 

 

The two core textbooks are TeeJay Book 5 and Leckie & Leckie National 5  

 

In addition, the following websites provide extra revision materials: 

www.national5maths.co.uk  and  www.scholar.hw.ac.uk 

KEY FACTS

Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

S4 pupils will have completed Level 4 outcomes in S3. 

 

S5/6 pupils may be repeating the course in order to upgrade S4 attainment. 

what will you get?

The course is graded from A-D 

 

An overall course award also ensures a pass at National 5 Numeracy. 

progress

Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course

EMPLOYMENT

There are many careers in which mathematics is used and the skills developed in the study of maths are highly desirable, including: 

 

  • Accountancy 

  • Electrical, Civil & Mechanical Engineering 

  • Actuarial Work 

  • Banking, Pensions & Finance 

  • Computer Games Development 

  • Air Traffic Control 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 

STUDENT STORIES

Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Catherine - S4

I like maths because the work you do in class challenges you to work outside of your comfort zone.  I find the workload in class manageable and you constantly have work to do which is helpful.  There is a good balance of homework also to help you understand more. 

James - S4

National 5 maths is good as it builds on the things you have learned in S3 and puts it into real life situations and you also learn new things that you haven’t done before.  It is fun and teaches you the things you will need later on in maths as well as skills you use in other subjects like Physics

Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0NT