S4 Pupils follow differentiated National Qualifications courses appropriate to their level of ability: National 3, National 4 or National 5. Progress is monitored and reviewed at regular intervals so pupils are following a course which has the appropriate level of pace and challenge to meet their needs. Where this is found not to be the case, steps are taken to adjust the course of study to a more appropriate level for the pupil.
Assessment takes place throughout the school year in school, including SQA Unit Assessments, with some pupils being presented for the final SQA examination which takes place in May of S4.
Courses are offered at 3 different levels in S4.
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.
Unit Assessments: Manage Money and Data, Shape, Space and Measure, Numeracy.
This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications in Mathematics at National 4 level.
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.
Unit Assessments:Expressions and Formulae, Relationships, Numeracy
Course Assessment: Added Value Unit
Learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills and knowledge required by the National 3 Lifeskills Mathematics Course
This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications in Mathematics such as National 5 or to further study, employment or training
The National 5 Mathematics Course aims to motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to select and apply mathematical techniques in a variety of mathematical and real-life situations.
- develop confidence in the subject and a positive attitude towards further study in mathematics
- develop skills in manipulation of abstract terms in order to solve problems and to generalise
- allow learners to interpret, communicate and manage information in mathematical form; skills which are vital to scientific and technological research and development
- develop the learner’s skills in using mathematical language and to explore mathematical ideas
- develop skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way
Unit Assessments: Expressions and Formulae, Relationships, Applications
Course Assessment: External SQA exam consisting of Paper 1 – non calculator (40 marks/1 hour)
Paper 2 – calculator (50 marks/1 hour 30 mins)
Pupils wishing to undertake this course of study should have achieved a pass at National 4 Mathematics.
Achievement of an A or B pass in this course may provide progression to Higher Mathematics course at National 6 level.