Maths National 5

What is special about this course?

This course develops important mathematical concepts and techniques which are essential for students who need to gain the National 5 qualification or who wish to progress beyond National 5. The skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the course also support learning in technology, health and wellbeing, science and social studies.

Good reasons to study this course:

  • Gain SQA National 5 Mathematics award
  • Ideal preparation for Mathematics at higher levels
  • Gain access to courses that have a numeracy or mathematics entry requirement
  • Gain maths entry qualification for the PGDE Primary Teaching course

Entry requirements

Candidates require a pass at National 4 Maths (including Added Value Unit), Intermediate 1 (with Maths 3 unit) at A or B, or Standard Grade at level 3 or above in Maths.

Due to the high level of challenge presented by National courses, please note that the above represents minimum entry requirements. Our selection process will also take into account the breadth of subjects studied previously.

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

The course covers three units :

Expressions and formulae - surds and indices, algebraic expressions, algebraic fractions and volumes of solids.

Relationships - solving linear and quadratic equations, quadratic graphs, similar shapes and trigonometric graphs and equations.

Applications - trigonometric formulae, vectors, fractions, percentages and statistical skills.

How will I study my course?

  • Evening

Teacher led learning sessions and in-class practice sessions. Students will be required to undertake self-study to complete the course.

How long will my course last?

8 Months

This course runs from September to May

Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    Shetland UHI, Lerwick - September.



    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    Part-time students may be eligible to have their course fees waived.

    For more information see the funding page. 

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Academic: National 5 level maths is a common entry requirement for many college and university courses.

    Employment/Career: These courses will provide proof of your maths skills to a prospective employer.

    Former students have:  Progressed  on to study  other courses at Shetland UHI and at other institutions.

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    “I wouldn’t have achieved my results without the help of my tutor, who was very professional and patient.”

    “Most students at first are more than a little apprehensive towards maths, but they build a new level of confidence as they become aware of how maths works.”
    Bob Campbell, Lecturer

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