National 5 Application of Mathematics National 5

What is special about this course?

National 5 Application of Mathematics is a highly practical one-year course designed to extend numerical mathmatical skills across a variety of real-life applications.  The course also places greater emphasis on problem solving, risk assessment and making informed decisions based on mathematical reasoning and the results of computations.

Entry requirements

  • Standard Grade Mathematics at 3 or above, or
  • Pass in National 4 Mathematics, or
  • Pass in Intermediate 1 Mathematics
  • Mature students with other qualifications should email for more information.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Open Learning
  • Open learning

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Bursary or EMA (Educational Maintenance Allowance) if studying full time along with other subjects.

Additional costs

If you wish to study part time there is a cost of approximately £350 per subject (Please note this is a guide price based on 2020/21. 2021/22 price to be confirmed end March 2021) . Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver.

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What can I do on completion of my course?

As with National 5 Mathematics, Applied Mathematics is often included in the entry requirements for further and higher education courses. The varied skills, knowledge and discipline that the course can provide will give students a good starting point for further training in a wide range of areas.  The practical nature of the course makes it particularly applicable to vocational subjects.  

It should be noted, however, that if you wish to progress to Higher, National 5 Mathematics rather than Applied Mathematics is required.

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