Mathematics National 5
The National 5 Mathematics Course builds on the principles and practice and experiences and outcomes of Mathematics and Numeracy.
Purpose and aims of the Course
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.
Course Structure and Conditions of award
To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units (detailed below) as well as the Course assessment (external examination which is graded A – D).
Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to mathematical expressions and formulae. These include the manipulation of abstract terms, the simplification of expressions and the evaluation of formulae. The Outcomes cover aspects of number, algebra, geometry and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to mathematical relationships. These include solving and manipulating equations, working with graphs and carrying out calculations on the lengths and angles of shapes. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and reasoning.
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to applications of mathematics. These include using trigonometry, geometry, number processes and statistics within real-life contexts. The Outcomes cover aspects of these skills and also skills in reasoning.
On successful completion of this Course, the learner could progress to doing: