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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

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.

Updates and announcements

Update letters

Printed copies of this special Curriculum for Excellence update letter will also be provided to centres.

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 June 2014

The Shape, Space and Measures Unit Specification has been updated with a minor correction to the Evidence Requirements. Full details of this change are available on the notification of changes spreadsheet and in the comparative document.

Mathematics 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.


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.

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

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.



Some generic common key messages have been identified following the reviews of event verification activity for Rounds 1 and 2. They are available here -