National 5 Mathematics

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This qualification consists of three units and a final exam. 

Candidates will have the option to study all three unit and sit final exam or a selection of units to meet their needs.

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 7th November then it will run for two evenings per week from 14th November, (Tuesday's and Thursday's).  Tuesday will be on Campus and Thursday will be delivered remotely.

This course will be fully funded for individuals who are aged 19 and over and live, learn or work (including volunteer) in the North Lanarkshire region.  Multiply is a new government funded programme to help adults improve their numeracy skills.

Good numeracy skills can unlock job opportunities and lead to higher wages or prepare you for further study. They also help in everyday life, such as helping children with homework and budgeting money.

  • 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 topics 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