Applications of Maths (National 5)

Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus, Stranraer Campus


Throughout this course, candidates acquire and apply operational skills necessary for solving problems, through application-led learning.

Through real-life contexts, candidates acquire and apply mathematical operational skills directly relevant to life and work and learn to appreciate the role of mathematical ideas in the world.

Candidates develop mathematical reasoning skills and gain experience in making and justifying decisions and drawing conclusions.

The following provides a broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the course:
analyse real-life situations and problems involving mathematics; identify valid mathematical operational skills to tackle real-life situations or problems; select and apply numeracy skills; select and apply skills in finance, statistics, measurement, geometry, graphical data and probability; use mathematical reasoning skills to draw conclusions or justify decisions; communicate mathematical information in an appropriate way.

Learners will have a final SQA exam to undertake to attain this qualification. The exam will consistent of two question papers. Question Paper 1 (Non calculator) is worth 45 marks and lasts for 65 minutes. Question paper 2 is worth 65 marks and will last for 2 hrs.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have achieved the fourth curriculum level or the National 4 Applications of Mathematics course or equivalent qualifications and/or experience prior to starting this course.

Progression Routes

Other qualifications in mathematics or related areas, eg Skills for Work courses, National Progression Awards, National Certificate Group Awards. Further study, employment or training.

Start Date



National 5

Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year


Education Studies and Supported Programmes

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General