# Mathematics

## NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

**National 5 Mathematics** – The National 5 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form. Further information can be found at the SQA National 5 Mathematics page.

** National 4 Mathematics** – The National 4 Mathematics Course enables learners to select and apply straightforward mathematical skills in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations. Learners interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form. Further information can be found at the SQA National 4 Mathematics page.

**National 4 Life Skills** – The National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics Course enables learners to apply mathematical ideas and strategies to managing finance, statistics, geometry and measurement in straightforward real-life contexts. Further information can be found at the SQA National 4 Life Skills page.

**National 3 Life Skills** – The National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics Course includes the study of number, money, shape, space and measurement in everyday life, enabling learners to interpret data and tackle real-life situations. Further information can be found at the SQA National 3 Life Skills page.

## HIGHER

The Higher Course in Mathematics develops learners’ mathematical rigour and the ability to use precise and concise mathematical language assumes a particular importance at this stage.

Candidates who complete a Higher Mathematics course successfully are expected to have a competence and a confidence in applying mathematical techniques, manipulating symbolic expressions and communicating with mathematical correctness in the solution of problems.

The course has obvious relevance for candidates with interests in fields such as commerce, engineering and science where the mathematics learned will be put to direct use.

For further inform please visit the SQA Higher Maths Page.

## ADVANCED HIGHER

The Advanced Higher Course extends learners’ mathematical knowledge in algebra, geometry and calculus. It includes matrix algebra, complex numbers and vectors and formalises the concept of mathematical proof.

Advanced Higher Mathematics emphasises the need for candidates to undertake extended thinking and decision making, to solve problems and integrate mathematical knowledge. The course offers candidates, in an interesting and enjoyable manner, an enhanced awareness of the range and power of mathematics.

For more information please see the SQA Advanced Higher Maths page.