Mathematics National 4 National 4

What is special about this course?

Mathematics is important in everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives.

This course would be most suited to students who do not have a Level 4 qualification in Mathematics and are looking to study Mathematics to Level 5 or beyond.  This would be the best first step on that path. 

The course will help you to develop mathematical skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way.

Entry requirements

Suitable for those who do not hold a prior Mathematics qualification but have good numerical skills. You must be 18 years or older on the start date of this course due to the way it is funded.

Mathematics: Numeracy

  • ​​​​​​​The general aim of this Unit is to develop your numerical and information handling skills. You will use numerical skills to solve straightforward, real-life problems involving number, money, time and measurement, and interpret graphical data. 

Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae

  • You will develop skills linked to mathematical expressions and formulae.

Mathematics: Relationships

  • You will develop skills linked to mathematical relationships. The outcomes cover aspects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and reasoning.

It is important that you devote regular time to revision and independent study outwith class, as it is not possible to achieve success only by attending the weekly classes and tutorial.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

Classes will be networked across Argyll by lecturers using Video Conferencing equipment. You will attend your nearest UHI Argyll college centre.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Construction, Engineering and Renewables Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre

Start date

week commencing 26th August - evening to be confirmed.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful candidates will be able to progress to a range of qualifications including National 5 Mathematics  or Applications of Maths at SCQF Level 5. 

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