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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

31st Aug 2023, 32 weeks




17:30 - 20:30

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External Site


£ 492


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.

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

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. 

As this is a fast track course, you will need to dedicate 3-6 hours per week to 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.

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.

Alternative Dates and Times

Days(s) Time Dates Duration Duration Course
Monday 17:30 - 20:30 28th Aug 2023 - 6th May 2024 32 weeks 32 weeks View »
Tuesday 17:00 - 20:00 29th Aug 2023 - 7th May 2024 32 weeks 32 weeks View »
Wednesday 9:00 - 12:00 30th Aug 2023 - 8th May 2024 32 weeks 32 weeks View »
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2023, 32 weeks
  • Day(s):
    17:30 - 20:30
  • Location:
    External Site
  • Cost:
    £ 492