Applications of Mathematics National 5

What is special about this course?

The National 5 Applications of Mathematics course explores the applications of mathematical techniques and skills in everyday situations, including financial matters, statistics, and measurement. The skills, knowledge and understanding in the course also support learning in other curriculum areas, such as technology, health and wellbeing, science, and social studies.


Entry requirements

Candidates would be expected to have achieved one of the following:

  • Core Maths 3 
  • Standard Grade Maths at Level 3 
  • Intermediate 1 Mathematics at A Level 
  • Applications of Mathematics National 4 
  • National 4 Mathematics 

Applicants who do not meet one of these criteria would be given a short entrance test based on National 4 Maths level questions.

The following provides a broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the course:

  • analyse real-life situations and problems involving mathematics
  • identify valid mathematical operational skills to tackle real-life situations or problems
  • select and apply numeracy skills
  • select and apply skills in finance, statistics, measurement, geometry, graphical data and probability
  • use mathematical reasoning skills to draw conclusions or justify decisions
  • communicate mathematical information in an appropriate way

It is important that Applications of Mathematics - National 5 candidates 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

This course can be delivered face to face in a classroom, networked to a number of centres by video conferencing, or through a combination of these methods of delivery.

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

The course will start on Wednesday 30th August 2023.

Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5pm - 8pm in your local learning centre. There will be an online weekly 1 hour tutorial which you should also attend.


The fee for this course is £352 which can be paid in installments.

If you are on a low income or in receipt of certain benefits may receive a fee waiver. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you.

If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, you may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 the cost of this course.

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU).


What can I do on completion of my course?

Applications of Mathematics National 5 is also a suitable qualification to support an application for entry to some teacher training programmes.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.