Mathematics National 4

What is special about this course?

National 4 Mathematics is a one-year online course designed to provide an introduction to using mathematics to solve real-life problems and to begin exploring important mathematical concepts used both in later courses and outside the classroom.

The national 4 starts with numeracy to help you develop confidence in using number skills.

Entry requirements

  • You should have studied mathematics or numeracy at SCQF 3. or, 
  • Applications are welcomed from mature students, or those who have left school and do not possess formal qualifications, but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Online
  • Open Learning

National 4 Mathematics is currently offered as an open-learning course only. There are no timetabled classes - instead you are required to study and submit regular assignments from home using the online Brightspace Virtual Learning Environment. This makes the course ideal for organising your learning around work or childcare commitments. Guidance and feedback will be provided throughout the course by your lecturer.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Fee information for part time Further Education courses

    A Fee Waiver could be available to help with the payment of course fees depending on your personal circumstances, please check our Fee Waiver Policy to see if you are eligible.

    Scottish students

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 



    Part-time (per single Higher)



    Rest of UK and International students 

    Further Education (SCQF 1-6) level 


    Part-time (per single Higher)


    Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.


    If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately  £360 per subject. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase textbooks (approximately £15 - £20) as part of this course. If you are a full time student and are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Students can progress onwards either to National 5 Mathematics or National 5 Applications of Mathematics. The lecturers will provide guidance on which of these two courses to choose.

    Is there more information available online?

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    Apply for Mathematics National 4

    Applications for this subject are currently closed.

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.