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 – 01 Sep 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.

No One Left Behind Training Allowance
Dumfries and Galloway Local Employability partnership (Funded by the Scottish Government) are proud to be working in partnership with DG College to offer eligible individuals funding to learn new, work-related skills and training.

You can use the money to build the skills you need for a job or get some training to take your career to the next level.

And because it’s not a loan, you don’t have to pay it back.

Check if you are eligible then follow the registration process.

Are you eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Resident in Dumfries and Galloway
  • Have the right to work and live in the UK.
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work OR in employment and claiming an income-based benefit (i.e Universal Credit)

AND at least one of the following characteristics: (hyperlink to the definitions)

  • Parents with a child under the age of 19 (still registered in full time education)
  • Armed Forces Veteran
  • Asylum Seeker
  • Care Experienced
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Childcare needs
  • Criminal Convictions
  • Homeless or affected by housing inclusion.
  • Long Term health condition/ illness
  • No Limited work experience.
  • Refugee
  • Substance related conditions
  • Lack of Transport

If you meet the criteria, you could receive the full cost of your course fee.

Apply for your No One Left Behind Grant

To access support with the fees you must register with DG Works. Just follow the link or use the QR code. If you are already registered, please contact your Employment Key Worker for next steps.

Once you have completed the registration form and your eligibility has been checked someone from DG Works (part of Dumfries and Galloway Council) will contact you to ask you to provide the following evidence:

  • Reside in Scotland (e.g. evidence address)
  • Working Age (e.g. birth certificate)
  • Right to Live & Work in the UK (e.g. evidence of benefits)

If you have any questions please contact 01387 260035 or email

Course Contact Details

Telephone:(01387) 734233

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