Maths SCQF 4 (Online Virtual Classroom) National 4

What is special about this course?

The general aim of this course is to develop skills linked to straightforward mathematical expressions and formulae. These include the manipulation of abstract terms, the simplification of expressions and the evaluation of formulae. The outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, statistics and reasoning.

Entry requirements

  • No formal academic qualifications are required but a desire to progress to further education or work is essential.
  • Mathematics: Relationships
    The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills linked to straightforward mathematical relationships. These include solving equations, understanding graphs and working with trigonometric ratios. The Outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics and reasoning.
  • Numeracy 
    The general aim of this Unit is to develop learners’ numerical and information-handling skills to solve straightforward, real-life problems involving number, money, time and measurement. As learners tackle real-life problems, they will decide what numeracy skills to use and how to apply these skills to an appropriate level of accuracy. Learners will also interpret graphical data and use their knowledge and understanding of probability to identify solutions to straightforward real-life problems involving money, time and measurement. Learners will use their solutions to make and explain decisions.
  • Mathematics Test 
    This is the added value unit of the National 4 Mathematics course. The general aim of this unit is to enable the learner to provide evidence of added value for the National 4 Mathematics course through the successful completion of a test which will allow the learner to demonstrate breadth and challenge. Breadth and challenge will be demonstrated through the use and integration of mathematical ideas and strategies linked to straightforward mathematical expressions, formulae and relationships. This will include the application of algebraic, geometric, trigonometric, statistical and reasoning skills. Numerical skills underpin all aspects of the Course, and the ability to use these without the aid of a calculator will also be assessed.

Conditions of award to achieve the National 4 Mathematics course, learners must pass all of the required units, including the added value unit. 


You will need access to a computer and WIFI

How will I study my course?

    • Online Virtual Classroom
    • Tuesday evening 6pm - 9pm
    • Optional Tutorial 5pm - 5.45pm

    You will learn online through timetabled classes delivered by a lecturer in a virtual classroom on Microsoft Teams. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access resources, complete assessments, and chat to your lecturer and classmates. You will have to attend one of our campuses or centres for SQA assessments.

    How long will my course last?


    Where can I study my course?

      • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

    Start date



    SCQF 4 - 6 Scottish Fee 

    National 4, 5, Highers and Advanced Highers


    A fee waiver could be available to help with the payment of your course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our fee waiver guidance to see if you are eligible.  

    Fees are payable at the time of enrolment each academic year. Please get in touch with if you have any further questions. 

    Additional costs 

    Some of your assessments may require you to attend a college centre or other approved centre. This travel will be at your own expense but we will discuss these details with you throughout your application.


    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On completion, you may wish to progress onto National 5 Maths.

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