National 5 Mathematics
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.
Updates and announcements
Unit assessment overview
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.
Conditions of assessment
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.
Notification of changes
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.
Unit Assessment Support
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.
This guidance document provides an introduction to new recording tables in the Unit assessment support packs.
- Mathematics guidance document (128 KB)
Understanding Standards packs for Unit assessment are available from our secure website and teachers and lecturers can arrange access to them through their SQA Co-ordinator. Further materials for National 5 Course assessment will be published from December 2014.
In addition to the above mentioned packs, we are running a programme of subject-specific Understanding Standards events from November 2015 to February 2015. Workshop materials and presentations for subject specialists will be published following each event.
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.
- Mathematics: Applications (National 5) Unit Specification
- Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae (National 5) Unit Specification
- Mathematics: Relationships (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.
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 from session 2013-14. 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.
- Mathematics: Paper 1 Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Mathematics: Paper 2 Specimen Question Paper National 5
- Mathematics National 5 Formulae List
- Guidance on the use of past paper questions for National 5 Mathematics
- Mathematics Specimen Question Paper 1 National 5 (Gaelic Medium)
- Mathematics Specimen Question Paper 2 National 5 (Gaelic Medium)
National Parent Forum Scotland have also produced their Revision in a Nutshell series to help learners to prepare for new National 5 examinations.
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.