Highers and Nationals

Mathematics - National 5


Available at Cumbernauld


This qualification consists of three units and a final exam. Each of the units counts as a qualification in its own right (they are called National Units), so even if you don't pass the whole course you still get credit for the units you have successfully achieved.

The exam in May covers everything you've done in the course, so it shows that you've understood what you've learned while working towards your qualification and can put it in context. The exam also helps to decide what grade you get for the course.

Please note that this course will run for 1 evening per week until the 2nd semester and then it will run for 2 evenings per week.

Course Information

  • Standard Grade Mathematics at General Level
  • Intermediate 1 Mathematics (Unit 1, 2 & 3) Int 1 A/B Award
  • National 4

Prelim Examination: There are two prelim examinations. The first covers the work of Units 1 and 2. The other covers the work of Unit 3 and you sit this if your previous Prelim is successful.

External Examination: The morning examination is in May. This is set by SQA and you sit it at the same time as all students in Scotland.

Unit 1 - Expressions and Formulae

  • Applying numerical skills to simplify surds/expressions using the laws of indices
  • Applying algebraic skills to manipulate expressions
  • Applying algebraic skills to algebraic fractions
  • Applying geometric skills linked to the use of formulae

Unit 2 - Relationships

  • Applying algebraic skills to linear equations
  • Applying algebraic skills to graphs of quadratic relationships
  • Applying algebraic skills to quadratic equations
  • Applying geometric skills to lengths, angles and similarity
  • Applying trigonometric skills to graphs and identities

Unit 3 - Applications

  • Applying trigonometric skills to triangles which do not have a right angle
  • Applying geometric skills to vectors
  • Applying numerical skills to fractions and percentages
  • Applying statistical skills to analysing data
  • Entry to teacher training colleges for Primary Teaching. Entry to Postgraduate course.
  • Mathematics is relevant to most career choices.

Classes Available



  • Cost
  • £370
  • Days
  • 1 day pw
  • Start Date
  • 05 Sep 2019 - 08 May 2020
  • Time
  • 18:00 - 21:00