Progression Pathways through Mathematics

The link below shows the possible progression pathways through mathematics levels.


  1. Where pupils are coping well with 4th level work in S2, they would be expected to progress to National 5 at the start of S3. Progress will be tracked via extended unit assessments.
  2. Pupils will continue with the BGE into S3 and can progress to National 4 Maths.  If progress through National 4 Maths is good, there may be time to extend to National 5 Applications of Maths in S4.
  3. Pupils will continue with the BGE into S3 and can progress to National 4 Maths.  Progress through National 4 Maths may take until the end of S4
  4. Where pupils are continuing to work on 2nd and 3rd level in S2, they will continue their broad general education at 3rd level into S3, followed by National 3 Apps of Maths leading to National 4 Apps of Maths by the end of S4. Successful candidates may opt to select National 5 Apps of Maths in S5.
  5. Within S1 and S2, where pupils are working at 1st and 2nd levels, their likely progression in S3 will be to continue their Broad General Education at 2nd & 3rd level, followed by National 2 Applications of Mathematics.

Our aim in the maths team is to have almost all pupils achieving the Core Skill of Numeracy at SCQF level 5.

It is important to note that the extensive content of National 5, means that in depth coverage of the full course in a single year is challenging.  Our one year National 5 Course in S5 and S6 is most suitable for those young people repeating National 5.  It should therefore be noted that if picking up National 5 Maths in S5, it is likely that pupils may have to also select National 5 Maths in S6 to have every chance of success in the final exam.

National 5 Applications of Maths focuses on the mathematics and numeracy skills required in everyday life.  Key differences between Maths and Applications is the absence of Algebra, Quadratics, Trigonometry and Vectors topics in the Applications course.  In place Applications contains a significant amount of Finance and Statistics.  The Applications course is considered significantly more accessible.

More and more universities are accepting National 5 Applications of Maths for entry, however, individuals should always check the particular entry requirements of their desired courses prior to making course choice decisions.

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