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Applications Of Mathematics (National 5)

(SCQF level 5)

Adult Learning and Supported Programmes, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

2nd Sep 2021, 32 weeks


City Campus


£ 434


This fast-track course prepares you to think through real-life situations involving mathematics. It develops your confidence in handling information and mathematical tasks in your personal life and in the workplace.  This course is aimed at those who require an alternative to National 5 Maths for entry to courses eg. primary teaching and social work,  This is not the National 5 Maths course it is the National 5 Applications of Maths.

As this is a fast-track course, it is best suited to independent, self-motivated students who can work to a fast schedule and dedicate 3-6 hours per week outside the college to self-study every week.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

One of the following:

  • Broad experience in Maths.
  • Standard Grade Maths 3 or 4.
  • National 4 Maths.
  • National 4 Lifeskills Maths.
  • Intermediate 1 Maths at A or B.

What you study

You will study Maths in real-life contexts, in the areas of finance, statistics, data management, measurement and geometry.  This will equip you with the mathematical skills and knowledge you need in your everyday life and at work.

Exam preparation is central to the course.  The external exam takes place in May 2022. 

As this is a fast track course, you will need to dedicate 3-6 hours per week in self-study in addition to class attendance. 

In addition, you can attend an optional tutorial class for 20 weeks of your course on Wednesday 5pm-7pm.

After the course


  • Other qualifications in mathematics or related areas.
  • Core Skills Numeracy Unit (SCQF level 6).

These skills can also support progression into Skills for Work Courses, National Progression Awards and National Certificate Group Awards.

NB This qualification is not accepted for entry to Higher Maths (as the Applications of Mathematics course has no algebra or trigonometry).

Additional Information



There will be some copies of these in the library for you to borrow, but we recommend that you purchase your own copies if possible.

  • National 5 Applications of Mathematics, Student Book, Craig Lowther and Harden (13 Jun 2018).
  • How to Pass Application of Mathematics, Mike Smith ISBN-139781510420984 Format Paperback, Publisher Hodder Education Publication (23 Feb 2018).

Past Papers

You can download past papers from the SQA website.

Essential Equipment

  • An individual A4 folder and writing pad insert.
  • Graph paper insert pad.
  • Black, blue, red pen(s).
  • Pencils, eraser.
  • Scientific calculator (preferably CASIO but your preference is fine).
  • A Helix Geometry set.
  • Full 360 Protractor.

You may be required to obtain other resources later in the course.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    2nd Sep 2021, 32 weeks
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 434