This Course is valid from August 2013.
The National 5 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form.
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.
Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.
We have produced a support document to help teachers and lecturers identify suitable past paper questions/items that could be used, or amended, to support learners in their preparation for sitting question papers as part of the National 5 Course assessment.
The advice reflects questions selected from 2011 to 2013 past papers.
The document is available under the Specimen question paper heading.
This document provides general advice on assessment, judging evidence and re-assessment and outlines the approach taken in SQA-produced Unit assessment support packs.
Assessors also have freedom and flexibility to produce their own assessments, or use or adapt SQA-produced Unit assessment support packs. In all cases, Unit assessments have to demonstrate competency across all Assessment Standards.
As a result of feedback, additional support materials have been published in February 2014 for Outcome 2. A set of questions for the assessment/reassessment of Outcome 2 (reasoning) in National 5 Expressions and Formulae, Relationships and Applications Units has been produced. This is available on the Mathematics Unit assessment support section of the secure site.
These have been designed in such a way that the reasoning skills are attached to different operational skills or use a different context or strategy from those used in Unit assessment support package 1.
In response to feedback from teachers and lecturers, we made some additions, updates and minor amendments to the Unit assessment support packs for National 4 and National 5 Mathematics in October 2013.
These updates are to provide clarification and guidance for teachers/lecturers; particularly across the ‘Judging evidence’ tables, however the Outcomes and Assessment Standards remain unchanged. The Unit assessment support packs are to assist teachers/lecturers in using their own professional judgement when planning and recording their assessments and while we would encourage use of these latest packs, the previous versions will be accepted for verification purposes.
The updated Unit assessment support packs are now available and teachers/lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator.
This guidance document provides an introduction to new recording tables in the Unit assessment support packs.
Assessments for Mathematics must be carried out under supervised closed-book conditions. While this is not a change to the conditions of assessment, the UAS packs will be updated to include the term 'closed-book' in order to avoid any uncertainty in the future.
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.
This explains the structure of the Course assessment; including the type and method of assessment. It also includes information on Course coverage.
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit. These also include marking instructions.
Please note that it is recommended to open the documents in a separate PDF reader as some of the formulas and symbols will not display properly in a browser PDF viewer.
National Parent Forum Scotland have also produced their Revision in a Nutshell series to help learners to prepare for new National 5 examinations.
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.