The link below shows the possible progression pathways through mathematics levels.
Pathways through Maths
- Pupils completing 4th level outcomes by the end of S2 will move on to National 5 Mathematics in S3 and into S4.
Progress will be assessed via Extended Unit Tests. Where pupils find the level of work too challenging (extended test marks below 50%), they will be required to sit the actual Unit Assessments.
A decision will be made in conjunction with pupils and their parents after the prelim in S4 regarding whether to present borderline pupils (those scoring sub 30% in the prelim) for the N5 Exam or whether to focus on Unit passes and resit the course the following year with the intention of sitting the full course exam.
- Pupils working within 3rd level at the end of S2 will continue with the BGE and in tandem pick up National 4 Maths moving on to National 5 Applications of Maths over S3 and S4.
A pupil passing N5 Applications of Maths could select N5 Maths in S5.
Pupils failing would be encouraged to re-sit N5 Applications of Maths.
- Pupils working within 2nd level and below at the end of S2 will continue the BGE and in tandem pick up National 3 Applications of Maths and work towards as much of National 4 Maths as possible over the course of S3 and S4.
Pupils passing National 4 Maths would be encouraged to select National 5 Applications of Maths in S5.
- 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, Surds & Indices, Quadratics, Trigonometry and Vectors topics in the Applications course. In place of these topics, Applications of Maths contains a significant amount of Finance and Statistics. The Applications course is considered more accessible, particularly for pupils who find the more abstract content of the Maths course challenging.
- 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.