This course aims to provide successful performance in the SQA National 5 Maths exam. It aims to build upon and extend your existing knowledge of mathematics.

Please note: National 5 Maths is a fast paced and very challenging course, and should only be undertaken by applicants who are already secure in their understanding of elementary aspects of algebra and trigonometry.

If you are not secure in these aspects, we strongly advise that you complete National 4 Maths first, as it provides a solid foundation for tackling National 5.


  • Mathematical Skills at SCQF Level 5.
  • One year (August-June)
  • Part-time evenings – six hours per week (three hours class time plus minimum three hours self-study)
    • Tuesdays 6-9pm at Dunfermline Campus 


  • Distance Learning – eight hours per week self-study with tutor support (August-June)
  • This course covers a wide-range of topics including algebra, trigonometry, statistics, quadratics equations, vectors, surds, and indices. The final exam usually takes place in May and draws on questions taken from the entire curriculum of the course
  • Paper One is non-calculator and lasts for 1 hour and 15mins
  • Paper Two allows the use of a calculator and lasts for 1 hour and 50mins
  • You can only apply for this course if you are not planning to undertake National 5 Maths at another SQA centre (e.g. at school).
  • A pass at National 4 Mathematics (C747 74).
  • National 5 Maths (C747 75 or C847 75) at Grade D.
  • These qualifications must have been achieved at the first time of sitting.
  • Entry to the course may also be subject to successful completion of a diagnostic test.
  • Due to the high level of challenge presented by National Courses, and the significant demand for this course, please note that the above represents minimum entry requirements.
  • Our selection processes will also take into account the breadth of subjects studied previously.
  • Essential Skills required for National 5 Maths which are not covered in the course are: working with negative numbers, pythagoras, trigonometry. You are expected to have a competence in these skills. 
  • There is an external SQA examination at the end of the course, which determines whether you have passed, and the grade achieved.
  • Please note that all learners need to achieve a satisfactory mark in the prelim in order to be presented for the SQA exam.
  • Cost: approx. £360.
  • You may be able to apply for Individual Training Account (ITA) funding up to £200. However, eligibility criteria apply so please contact the college directly if you wish to be considered for ITA funding.
  • Please see the Skills Development Scotland website for more information.

General stationery including:

  • Scientific calculator.
  • National 5 Maths (Hodder & Gibson – ISBN 978 1444 192582).
  • Notepads.
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise.
  • Proof of qualifications must be brought to this.