National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics

National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics

This Course is valid from August 2013.

The National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics Course includes the study of number, money, shape, space and measurement in everyday life, enabling learners to interpret data and tackle real-life situations.

Lifeskills Mathematics homepage

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.

Additional question items on SOLAR

January 2015

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.

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.

SOLAR advice note

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

As a result of feedback, the Numeracy (Package 1: A Unit-by-Unit approach using a social enterprise context) Unit assessment support pack has been amended to include marking guidance which can be found on Pages 14 and 15 of the document. This amendment was made in February 2014.

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.

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.

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 3 Numeracy.

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

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