National 5 Mathematics


17 Aug 2022


03 May 2023

This award has replaced the Standard Grade and Intermediate qualifications and consists of 3 mandatory units: Expressions & Formulae, Relationships, and Numeracy followed by an external assessment.

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National 5 Mathematics


From 18:00 - 21:00 on Wednesday evening for 33 weeks


On site at Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels

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Progression opportunities

Higher Mathematics


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.Campus attendance required for all assessments.



Course Content

This course will suit learners who:

  • Have completed the National 5 (or equivalent) course but wish to better their pass mark.
  • Require a higher level of mathematics qualification.

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.

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.

NB: The purpose of this fact sheet is to give you an indication of the content of the course and also the level at which the course is set. Please read the fact sheet carefully and if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the College. The College may make a change to a course where it is reasonable for the College to do so. A change could involve the replacement of a course with a new course, variations to course content or structure, the merger of courses or the withdrawal of a course. If there is a change to a course you have either booked a place on, or expressed an interest in, the College will let you know as soon as possible. By booking a place or expressing an interest in a course, you agree to these rules about changes to courses.


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