This Course will develop and extend skills for further learning, as well as skills for life and work. Learners will acquire and apply operational skills necessary for developing mathematical ideas through symbolic representation and diagrams. They will select and apply mathematical techniques and will develop their understanding of the interdependencies within mathematics. Learners will develop mathematical reasoning skills and will gain experience in making informed decisions. Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.

In addition to the Course assessment, the Course includes three mandatory Units totaling 24 SCQF points.

Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae

In this Unit, learners will develop the knowledge and skills, appropriate to this level, that involve the representation of ideas in symbolic form and the manipulation of abstract terms. This will include simplification of expressions and evaluation of formula covering aspects of algebra and geometry. Learners will apply operational and reasoning skills in contexts including those taken from life and work.

Mathematics: Relationships

In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge and skills, appropriate to this level, which involve relationships in Mathematics. Learners will work with relationships in algebra, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. They will develop their skills in solving equations, analysing graphs, making reasoned deductions and predictions. Learners will apply operational and reasoning skills in contexts including those taken from life and work.

Mathematics: Applications

In this Unit, learners will develop knowledge and skills in geometry, trigonometry and statistics, appropriate to this level, which can readily be applied to solving real-life problems to make informed decisions. Learners will develop the ability to interpret information, use diagrams, and select appropriate techniques to produce a solution.

Conditions of award

To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all the Units as well as the Course assessment. Course assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award. 

Calculators

At most examination levels, pupils are required to have calculators.  The department strongly recommends that all pupils should purchase their own calculator and would suggest that a scientific calculator with the functions sin, cos and tan is appropriate for the National 5 course.