Administration and IT

Applications of Mathematics

Broad Description

The Applications of Mathematics Course enables learners to apply mathematical ideas and strategies. This provides learners with the knowledge and understanding to manage finances, statistics, geometry and measurements in real-life contexts.

National 3
There are 3 units:
  • Applications of Mathematics: Manage Money and Data
  • Applications of Mathematics: Shape, Space and Measures
  • Numeracy
The Course, which includes the freestanding Unit in Numeracy at SCQF level 3, will motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to select and apply mathematical and numerical skills in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations.

National 4
There are 4 units:
  • Applications of Mathematics: Managing Finance and Statistics
  • Applications of Mathematics: Geometry and Measures
  • Numeracy
  • Applications of Mathematics Test
The Course develops confidence in being able to handle mathematical processes and information in a range of real-life contexts. The Course also enables learners to make informed decisions based on data presented in a variety of forms.

National 5
There are no units in this course. The course follows a varied approach to meet the challenges of real life problems based on the skills required in numeracy, finance, statistics, measurement, geometry, data and probability.
External assessment
The assessment has two components:
  • Component 1: question paper — paper 1 (non-calculator). 45 marks, 1 hour and 5 minutes.
  • Component 2: question paper — paper 2, 65 marks, 2 hours.
Progression Paths
Linear progression
  • N5 will lead to Higher Application of Maths
  • Other qualifications in mathematics or related areas, e.g. Skills for Work courses, National Progression Awards, National Certificate Group Awards
  • Further study, employment or training

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