Mathematics - Part Time Day National 5

What is special about this course?

The National 5 Maths course is made up of three units and a final exam.  To gain the award for the whole course you must pass a unit assessment for each of the three unitss and the SQA exam.  You must pass the unit assessments in order to sit the final exam.

In the new Scottish curriculum the National 5 Maths course takes the place of the Standard Grade Credit and Intermediate 2 courses.  It is listed as an equivalent qualification to Intermediate 2 or Credit Maths as a university entry qualification on most courses.  National 5 Maths develops knowledge on topics which will have been studied at either Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade general level (under the old curriculum) or the National 4 Maths course in the new curriculum.

Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have gained a Grade C or above at Intermediate 1, a Standard Grade 3 or 4, or a pass at National 4 Maths, but each application will be considered individually.

If your Maths qualification is from more than 2 years ago, you may be asked to complete a workbook of Maths topics in order to assess your suitability for the level of course.

Each unit is made up of several outcomes which are listed below:

Expressions and formula - surds and indices, algebraic expressions and fractions and formula.

Relationships - solving linear and quadratic equations, quadratic graphs, lengths, angles and similarity and trigonometric graphs and equations.

Applications - trigonometry, vectors, fractions and percentages and statistical skills.

You will be provided with notes and practice questions, and there will be online resource available.  Students attending the day or evening class will have taught classes and tutorials and there will be video conferencing available for blended learning students.  Tutor support is available by email, and course material can be accessed online through blackboard.  Where possible, revision tutorials will be arranged for blended learning students also.  Progress throughout the year will be monitored through completion of tutor marked assessments as well as the formal unit assessments.

You will need a good scientific calculator to complete the course, and a list of recommended textbooks will be provided should you further practice.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

30 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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As this is a part-time course, fees will most likely be applicable - unless you are entitled to a fee waiver.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This popular course is needed for entry to primary teaching as well as many other university courses.

Is there more information available online?

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