Applications of Mathematics National Award @ SCQF Level 5


The purpose of the Applications of Mathematics National Award @ SCQF Level 5 course is to motivate and challenge candidates by enabling them to think through real-life situations involving mathematics and to form a plan of action based on logic”

Undertaking this qualification will allow you to study maths in real-life context, focusing on areas of finance, statistics, data management, measurement and geometary. The course is designed to develop candidates mathematical reasoning skills in areas relevant to learning, life and work.


Course code





3 – 6 hours self study per week




Location: Open Learning
Applications of Mathematics National Award – 02 Jun 2024 12:00

Entry Requirements

Students would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • National 4 Mathematics or Applications of Mathematics

This course is open to applicants with no previous qualifications; however, an ability to work independently, and to Level 5 standard, is essential.

Additional Entry Requirements

As there maybe online learning, webinars and Teams meetings throughout the course appropriate technology will be required to undertake your studies. This course cannot be studied using only a mobile device, and it is advised that learners should have access to either a desktop or laptop computer.

Course Content

This programme comprises units in Numeracy, Finance and Statistics and Geometry.
The entire course is exam based, typically in early May as stipulated by SQA.


This course provides students with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities, as well as skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work.

SQA currently offer students a choice in the mathematics subject that they study. Students who plan to go on to complete a higher in mathematics are advised to complete the National 5 Mathematics course that is offered in all schools. However, students who do not plan to have a career that involves complex numerical calculations may benefit from studying the other maths offering known as Applications of Mathematics.

This qualification is currently being accepted by the majority of universities as a valid alternative to National 5 Mathematics, which many have progressed onto full time courses such as nursing, primary teaching, social work etc.

Applicants wishing to progress to higher education should always check with their intended university of choice to ensure that they are choosing the correct course for them.

Additional funding information

The cost of the course is £200.

If you are in receipt of certain state benefits such as Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, DLA, Working tax Credit, Universal Credit etc you may qualify for up to £200 worth of support via an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA). For further infomation on this, please email

Course Contact Details

Telephone:(01387) 734233

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