Maths Senior Nat 5

The National 5 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form.

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. The course aims to:

♦ motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations.

♦ develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics.

♦ develop skills in manipulation of abstract terms in order to solve problems and to generalise.

♦ allow learners to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form; skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development.

♦ develop the learner’s skills in using mathematical language and to explore mathematical ideas.

♦ develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way. 

Core Skills

Achievement of this Course gives automatic certification of Numeracy at SCQF level 5.

Course outline

To achieve this course award, pupils must pass the following 3 Units and a two paper exam:

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.

Relationships

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.

Applications

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. 

Recommended entry

Award at National 4, preferably with a high scoring Added Value Unit pass.