National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics
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.
Updates and announcements
SOLAR - Additional assessment items
Over the last six months, we have been developing additional question content for both formative and summative assessments in Lifeskills Mathematics at National 3, National 4 and National 5. These additional question items will provide increased variety of assessments, both in question style and content. We have taken on board feedback from centres regarding the design of the new items and have also taken steps to ensure that the current high standard of questions has been maintained. We have also taken this opportunity to retire questions which - based on usage information - have not been performing to an acceptable level, while maintaining the validity of the assessments.
Although the vast majority of question items are automatically marked by SOLAR, some assessments contain questions that need to be marked by the teacher or lecturer. These assessments will appear in the Marking tab – not in the Results screen. For these assessments, learners will not receive a final result and will instead receive the message ‘Assessment Result: Pending’. The teacher or lecturer will therefore need to go to the Marking tab and award the learner an appropriate mark for the relevant question(s), and then submit the assessment.
This content is only available through SOLAR. For more information, visit the SOLAR website.
From 1 August 2015, all SOLAR e-assessments for Lifeskills Mathematics at National 3, National 4 and National 5 will be structured to assess at Outcome level. There will continue to be whole Unit versions available, each with a 60% Outcome-level threshold.
Using the reports available in SOLAR, assessors will be able to see how candidates have performed against each Assessment Standard. If a candidate does not achieve the Outcome, they can still be judged at Assessment Standard level within SOLAR.
The table below shows the impact of the changes from 1 August 2015.
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.
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.
Course Assessment Specification
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.
- Lifeskills Mathematics: Managing Finance and Statistics (National 5) Unit Specification
- Lifeskills Mathematics: Geometry and Measures (National 5) Unit Specification
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.
The following document contains the Course Support Notes and the Unit Support Notes for this Course. They can be printed together or separately.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Specimen Question Paper and Marking Instructions
These illustrate the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit during the exam diet. They also include marking instructions.
- Lifeskills Mathematics: Paper 1 Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Lifeskills Mathematics: Paper 2 Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Lifeskills Mathematics National 5 Formulae List
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics
Hodder Education have produced sets of additional model papers. These include copies of the SQA specimen question papers and are available to buy now.
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.