National 4 Mathematics

National 4 Mathematics

This Course is valid from August 2013.

The National 4 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply straightforward mathematical skills in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form.

Mathematics homepage

National 4 Mathematics Numeracy Unit

The National 4 Numeracy Unit can be assessed using online e-assessment through SQA Solar. Further information is available on the Lifeskills Mathematics page.

Qualification content and delivery tools

The documents on this page are for teachers and lecturers.

Learners studying this qualification may also find the documents useful.

The 'Related information' panel on this page contains information that applies to all new National Qualifications in this subject.

Mandatory information

Course Specification

This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.


Unit Specifications

These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

Unit Specification for National 4 Numeracy

Added Value Unit Specification

These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.

They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.

Unit Specification for National 4 Numeracy

Advice and guidance

Course and Unit Support Notes

These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.

Assessment support

Past Papers and Marking Instructions

Added Value Unit Assessment

For the first two years of implementation (in session 2013/14 and session 2014/15), for all subjects practitioners must use the SQA-published Added Value Unit assessments. These include information for assessors, such as conditions of assessment and guidance on evidence to be gathered and on judging candidates’ evidence. Appendix 1 provides instructions for candidates.

The Mathematics Added Value Unit assessment is a test. Centres are permitted to adapt the published assessment within limits that are clearly described in the Assessment Overview of the Added Value Unit assessment. In accordance with this, the assessor provides an opportunity for candidates to respond to a set of questions which cover each of the skills to be assessed.

Centres can access the assessment through their SQA Co-ordinator.

As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.

Unit Assessment Support

These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.


Verification and Course Reports