What is National 5 Mathematics? National 5 Mathematics comprises of 3 units:
Expressions and Formulae
All 3 units are mandatory in order to sit the final exam which is externally assessed by the SQA. The final exam is made up of two assessments papers. Paper 1 is based on all three units and is non calculator. Paper 2 is based on all 3 units and allows the use of a calculators, hence usually being more mathematically demanding. The course is graded based solely on the final exam from A - D. Those students wishing to pursue Higher Mathematics will require an A or a B at National 5 Mathematics.
What skills will my child develop?
understanding and applying mathematical skills in algebra, geometry,trigonometry, and statistics
simplifying and solving problems
selecting and applying mathematical techniques to real-life contexts
making connections and informed predictions
using mathematical language and exploring mathematical ideas
resilience and confidence in problem-solving
analytical and evaluative skills
interpreting, communicating and managing information in mathematical form
logical reasoning skills
assessing risk and making informed decisions
creativity and the ability to think in abstract ways
the manipulation of abstract terms to solve problems and generalise
Course Materials Use the links above to select which course you are on. All S3 candidates working towards National 5 Mathematics in S4 are following the 2 YEAR COURSE, with everyone else (i.e. S5/6) following the 1 YEAR COURSE. Both courses cover all of the content but vary in order and timings.
"Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers." Shakuntala Devi