National 5 Mathematics
16 Aug 2023
08 May 2024
This is a suitable course for learners who have attained the National 4 Mathematics course, or who have equivalent qualifications or experience. It is particularly suitable for learners who wish to develop mathematical techniques for use in further study of mathematics or other curriculum areas, or in workplaces.
Achievement of this course gives certification in Numeracy at SCQF level 5
From 6.00pm to 9.00pm on a Wednesday evening for 33 weeks. From around week 3 there will be an additional drop in hour from 5.00pm to 6.00pm - students can access this as required for additional support.
Learners will need a pass at National 4 Mathematics (or equivalent), including the National 4 Added Value Unit Assessment to be eligible for this course. The level of entry for the final external exam will be determined by the lecturer and will be dependent upon successful completion of module tests at the end of each of the three units. Learners who have been out of education for a while may first wish to enrol in a National 4 Mathematics Course to ensure a solid foundation on which to build their National 5 knowledge. If you are unsure if this is the correct decision for you, take a look at: Leckie & Leckie CfE Maths for Scotland - National 4 to 5 Maths Bridging Skills Book. This should enable learners to decide if they currently have enough knowledge and understanding at National 4 Level to enrol onto the National 5 Course. Students will be required to undertake at least 3-5 hours of self-study per week out with the course (significantly more if they have been out of education for a while), guided by the lecturer, in order to work effectively towards a pass.
Application and Interview Process
On applying for this course, applicants will be sent an Academic Form which they will be required to complete and return. The completed form will be reviewed and entry to this course is at the discretion of the centre. Upon being accepted onto the course, applicants will be invited to complete the online enrolment.
The level of entry for exam will be determined by the lecturer. Learners will need a pass at National 4 Mathematics (or equivalent), including the National 4 Added Value Test.
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 following provides a broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the course:
- Understand and use mathematical concepts and relationships
- Select and apply numerical skills
- Select and apply skills in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics
- Use mathematical models
- Use mathematical reasoning skills to interpret information, to select a strategy to solve a problem, and to communicate solutions
The course aims to:
- Motivate and challenge candidates 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 to generalise and to solve problems
- Allow candidates to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form: skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development
- Develop skills in using mathematical language and in exploring mathematical ideas
- Develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way
Students will be required to undertake at least 3-5 hours of self-study per week out with the course (significantly more if they have been out of education for a while), guided by the lecturer, in order to work effectively towards a pass.
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