Lifeskills Mathematics National 5
The National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics Course builds on the principles and practice and experiences and outcomes of mathematics and numeracy.
Purpose and aims of the Course
The purpose of the National 5 Lifeskills Mathematics Course is to motivate and challenge learners by enabling them to think through real-life situations involving mathematics and to form a plan of action based on logic.
The Course develops confidence and independence in being able to handle information and mathematical tasks in both personal life and in the workplace. The Course allows learners to draw conclusions, assess risk and justify decisions based on data presented in a variety of forms.
The mathematical skills within this Course are underpinned by numeracy, and designed to develop learners’ mathematical reasoning skills relevant to learning, life and work in an engaging and enjoyable way.
Course Structure and Conditions of award
To gain the award of the Course, the learner must pass all of the Units (detailed below) as well as the Course assessment (external examination which is graded A – D).
Numeracy (National 5)
The general aim of this Unit is to develop learners’ numerical and information handling skills to solve real-life problems involving number, money, time and measurement. At this level, real-life problems will have some complex features and be set in contexts which are likely to be unfamiliar to the learner. As learners tackle real-life problems, they will decide what numeracy and information handling skills to use, and how to apply those skills to an appropriate level of accuracy. Learners will also interpret graphical data and use their knowledge and understanding of probability to identify solutions to solve real-life problems involving money, time and measurement. Learners will use their solutions to make and justify decisions.
Lifeskills Mathematics: Managing Finance and Statistics
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills that focus on the use of mathematical ideas and valid strategies that can be applied to managing finance and statistics in real-life contexts which may be new to the learner. This includes skills in analysing financial positions, budgeting as well as organising and presenting data to justify solutions and/or draw conclusions. The Outcomes cover aspects of finance and statistics in real-life situations requiring mathematical reasoning.
Lifeskills Mathematics: Geometry and Measures
The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills that focus on the use of mathematical ideas and valid strategies that can be applied to geometry and measurement in real-life contexts which may be new to the learner. This includes skills in analysing and using geometry and measures to determine and justify solutions to real-life problems. The Outcomes cover aspects of geometry and measurement in real-life situations requiring reasoning.
On successful completion of this Course, the learner could progress to doing:
National 5 Maths which includes some Higher content in preparation for Higher in S6.