Maths SCQF 5 (Online Virtual Classroom) National 5

What is special about this course?

Learning mathematics will help you to develop logical reasoning, analysis, problem-solving skills, creativity, and the ability to think in abstract ways.

It uses a universal language of numbers and symbols, which allows us to communicate ideas in a concise and unambiguous way.

The skills, knowledge and understanding you will gain will support learning in technology, health and wellbeing, science, and social studies.

Entry requirements

  • Ideally you will have achieved Mathematics at Nat 4 /Intermediate 1 or equivalent
  • Mature students are very welcome
  • All applicants will be invited for interview


Maths at National 5 builds on the skills already achieved at lower levels.

You will cover the following:

Numeracy including: simplification, working with positive and negative indices, percentages, fractions etc

Algebra including: factorising, quadratic equations, equations of the straight line, simultaneous equations, formulae etc

Geometry including: Pythagoras’ theorem, properties of shapes, circle geometry, angles, vectors etc

Trigonometry including: graphs, sine, cosine and tangent calculations, bearings etc

Statistics including: understanding and working with data etc

Reasoning including: interpretation, strategy and problem solving


  • Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.
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How will I study my course?

    • Online Virtual Classrom 
    • Monday evenings 6-9pm
    • Optional tutorial 5-6pm

    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?

    9 Months

    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?

    You could consider continuing with Higher Mathematics or use this qualification as an essential route into many areas of further study including technical, science and social science subjects, nursing and teaching.

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