National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics

National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics

This Course is valid from August 2013.

The National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics Course enables learners to apply mathematical ideas and strategies to managing finance, statistics, geometry and measurement in straightforward real-life contexts.

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Updates and announcements

All Lifeskills Maths Unit Assessment Support packs have been refreshed in light of developments in package 3 and feedback from stakeholders.

We strongly recommend replacing your existing versions by downloading the latest versions.

Notification of changes July 2014

Selected Unit assessment support packs have been revised. Most of the revisions have been to clarify marking guidance, but some questions have been amended. These packs are now available on the secure website.

Assessments that were completed by candidates during 2013-14 session will be valid for verification in 2014-15.


An advice note is now available for centres using our on-screen assessment delivery service, SOLAR. This will provide support for centres delivering National 3 to National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics Units (except the National 4 Added Value Unit). The majority of the questions in the e-assessments will be automatically marked with a minimal requirement for marking by assessors.

Unit Assessment Support

In response to feedback from teachers and lecturers, we made some additions, updates and minor amendments to the Unit assessment support packs for National 3 to National 5 Lifeskills 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.

Conditions of assessment

Assessments for Lifeskills 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.

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.

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

The Lifeskills 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.


Understanding Standards materials

We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:

  • Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
  • Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.

More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.


Course Exemplification Materials

Verification and Course Reports