National 5 Mathematics Course
Throughout this course, candidates acquire and apply operational skills necessary for developing mathematical ideas through symbolic representation and diagrams. They select and apply mathematical techniques and develop their understanding of the interdependencies within mathematics. Candidates develop mathematical reasoning skills and gain experience in making informed decisions.
The course aims to:
♦ motivate and challenge candidates by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations
♦ develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics
♦ develop skills in manipulation of abstract terms to generalise and to solve problems
♦ allow candidates to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form: skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development
♦ develop candidates’ skills in using mathematical language and in exploring mathematical ideas
♦ develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way
To gain the National 5 course award the learner must pass the Course Assessment.
Course assessment structure:
Component 1: question paper 1 (non-calculator) 50 marks - 1 hour and 15 minutes
The purpose of this question paper is to allow candidates to demonstrate the application of mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding from across the course. A calculator cannot be used. This question paper gives candidates an opportunity to apply numerical, algebraic, geometric, trigonometric, statistical and reasoning skills.
This question paper has 50 marks out of a total of 110 marks. It consists of short-answer and extended-response questions.
Component 2: question paper 2 60 marks - 1 hour and 50 minutes
The purpose of this question paper is to assess mathematical skills. A calculator may be used. This question paper gives candidates an opportunity to apply numerical, algebraic, geometric, trigonometric, statistical and reasoning skills.
This question paper has 60 marks out of a total of 110 marks. It consists of short-answer and extended-response questions
Students have their own password to access scholar revision materials, and also have revision materials and course notes on their UMPC.
Useful websites include:
www.mathsworkout.co.uk (students have a username and password to access materials)