This Course is valid from August 2013.
The National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics Course enables learners to apply mathematical ideas and strategies to managing finance, statistics, geometry and measurement in real-life contexts.
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.
Unit assessment support packs are currently being revised. Most of the revisions will be to clarify marking guidance and some questions have been amended. These packs will be available for the start of the next session.
Assessments that were completed by candidates during 2013-14 session will be valid for verification in 2014-15. Please note that there are no further planned changes to mandatory documents in this session.
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.
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.
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.
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 explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
The Course Assessment Specification 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.
Hodder Education have produced sets of additional model papers. These include copies of the SQA specimen question papers and are available to buy now.
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.
Some generic common key messages have been identified following the reviews of event verification activity for Rounds 1 and 2. They are available here - www.sqa.org.uk/cfeqa.