National 5 Mathematics (Course Code: C847 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is important in everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information, simplify and solve problems, assess risk and make informed decisions.

You will also get to develop skills in the areas of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as well as learn elementary calculus.

The skills you learn in this course are useful in many careers involving engineering, medicine, technology, business and the physical sciences.

Career Pathways

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Animals, Land and Environment

Buying, Selling and Related Work

Computing and ICT




Health and Medicine

Science and Maths

Teaching and Classroom Support

Transport and Distribution

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

In this course you will build on your previous mathematical experience. You will learn and apply operational skills you need to develop mathematical ideas through symbolic representation and diagrams. You will select and apply mathematical techniques, and learn about the interdependencies within mathematics. You will develop your mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills. And you will get experienced in making informed decisions.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae

You will:

Mathematics: Relationships

You will:

Mathematics: Applications

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment has two components totalling 90 marks:

The question papers will be set and marked externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D. 

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Mathematics (National 5)