Maths (National 5)

Fife College


Kirkcaldy (St Brycedale) Campus, Dunfermline (Halbeath) Campus


This course aims to provide successful performance in the National 5 level Mathematics Course. It aims to build upon and extend your existing knowledge of mathematics.

Please note: National 5 Maths is a fast paced and very challenging course, and should only be undertaken by applicants who are already secure in their understanding of elementary aspects of algebra and trigonometry.

Candidates who are not secure in these aspects are strongly advised to complete National 4 Mathematics first, as it provides a solid foundation for tackling National 5 Mathematics.

This course covers a wide-range of topics including algebra, trigonometry, statistics, quadratics equations, vectors, surds, and indices. The final exam usually takes place in May and draws on questions taken from the entire curriculum of the course.

Entry Requirements

Maths at National 4 or National 5 Maths at D at first sitting. Interview. Diagnostic Test.

Progression Routes

National 5 Maths is an essential requirement for all primary and secondary teaching courses, and is specifically identified as an essential subject in many Higher Education courses.

Start Date



National 5

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level





Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

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Offshore and Energy