Application of Maths (National 5)

Argyll College UHI


Tobermory Centre, Oban Centre, Lochgilphead Centre and CERC, Dunoon Centre, Rothesay Centre, Campbeltown Centre, Arran Centre, Islay Centre, Helensburgh Centre, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


The National 5 Applications of Mathematics course explores the applications of mathematical techniques and skills in everyday situations, including financial matters, statistics, and measurement. The skills, knowledge and understanding in the course also support learning in other curriculum areas, such as technology, health and wellbeing, science, and social studies.

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

It is important that National 5 Maths candidates devote regular time to revision and independent study outwith class, as it is not possible to achieve success only by attending the weekly classes and tutorial.

Entry Requirements

National 4 or Core 3 Maths. Entrance test.

Progression Routes

Successful candidates will be able to progress to a range of qualifications including Higher Mathematics. National 5 Mathematics is also a prerequisite for entry to teacher training programmes.

Start Date



National 5

Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (evening)

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General