Applications of Mathematics National 5 (SCQF 5)

The National 5 Applications of Mathematics Course builds on the principles and practice and experiences and outcomes of mathematics and numeracy.

Purpose and Aims of the Course

The purpose of the National 5 Applications of Mathematics course is to motivate and challenge candidates by enabling them to think through real-life situations involving mathematics and to form a plan of action based on logic.

The mathematical skills within this course are underpinned by numeracy, and designed to develop candidates’ mathematical reasoning skills in areas relevant to learning, life and work. The course aims to:

  • motivate and challenge candidates by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of real-life situations
  • develop the ability to analyse real-life problems or situations with some complex features involving mathematics
  • develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards the use of mathematics in real-life situations
  • develop the ability to select, apply, combine and adapt mathematical operational skills to new and unfamiliar situations in life and work to an appropriate degree of accuracy
  • develop the ability to use mathematical reasoning skills to generalise, build arguments, draw logical conclusions, assess risk, and make informed decisions
  • develop the ability to use a range of mathematical skills to analyse, interpret and present a range of information
  • develop the ability to communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms
  • develop the ability to think creatively and in abstract ways

Prerequisite

Learners should have achieved the 4th curriculum level of the BGE or a Pass at either the National 4 Mathematics course or the National 4 Applications of Mathematics course by achieving at least 70% in the Added Value Unit.

Course Structure and Conditions of Award

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass the Course assessment (external examination which is graded A – D). The structure is as follows:

External Component

Marks

Duration

Question Paper  1 (Non-Calculator)

45

1 hour and 5 minutes

Question Paper 2

65

2 hours

Course Content:

Numeracy

The general aim of this Unit is to develop learners’ numerical and information handling skills to solve real-life problems involving number, money, time and measurement. At this level, real-life problems will have some complex features and be set in contexts which are likely to be unfamiliar to the learner. As learners tackle real-life problems, they will decide what numeracy and information handling skills to use, and how to apply those skills to an appropriate level of accuracy. Learners will also interpret graphical data and use their knowledge and understanding of probability to identify solutions to solve real-life problems involving money, time and measurement. Learners will use their solutions to make and justify decisions.

Finance and Statistics

The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills that focus on the use of mathematical ideas and valid strategies that can be applied to managing finance and statistics in real-life contexts which may be new to the learner. This includes skills in analysing financial positions, budgeting as well as organising and presenting data to justify solutions and/or draw conclusions. The Outcomes cover aspects of finance and statistics in real-life situations requiring mathematical reasoning.

Geometry and Measures 

The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills that focus on the use of mathematical ideas and valid strategies that can be applied to geometry and measurement in real-life contexts which may be new to the learner. This includes skills in analysing and using geometry and measures to determine and justify solutions to real-life problems. The Outcomes cover aspects of geometry and measurement in real-life situations requiring reasoning.

Progression  

Achievement of this course gives automatic certification of:

Numeracy @ SCQF 5

Achieving an A – C award allows the learner to progress to doing:

National 5 Mathematics