SCQF Level 5
Social Sciences incorporating ICS

Course Overview

Mathematics is important in everyday life allowing us to make sense of the world around us and to manage our lives. Using mathematics enables us to model real-life situations and make connections and informed predictions. It equips us with the skills we need to interpret and analyse information simplify and solve problems to assess risk and make informed decisions.

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications, accredited by the SQA, are typically studied at high school and college. These qualifications act as pathways to further study including university entry. Edinburgh College offers a selection of subjects at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level on a part-time basis. You may choose to study up to two subjects.

For classes taking place during the day you come to college twice a week for a two-hour class. For evening classes you come to college once a week for a 3-hour class.

Course Fees: £326  per subject. Fees will be confirmed when an application has been processed.

What You Will Learn
  • Mathematics: Expressions and Formulae - you will develop skills linked to mathematical expressions and formulae. These include;
    • the manipulation of abstract terms the simplification of expressions
    • the evaluation of formulae
    • aspects of number algebra geometry and reasoning.
  • Mathematics: Relationships - you will develop skills linked to mathematical relationships. These include;
    • solving and manipulating equations working with graphs and carrying out calculations on the lengths and angles of shapes.
    • aspects of algebra geometry trigonometry
    • reasoning
  • Mathematics: Applications - you will develop skills linked to the applications of mathematics. These include;
    • using trigonometry geometry number processes and statistics within real-life contexts.
    • aspects of these skills and also skills in reasoning.
Entry Requirements
  • It is essential that you have gained a pass at National 4 Mathematics (or equivalent). It is recommended that you have also gained a pass at National 4 English
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at an appropriate level by having already achieved a pass at A or B in the level below which they are applying.


The above represents the minimum entry requirements.


These courses are challenging and require the ability to study independently. Applicants should identify clearly the reason for studying their chosen subject in their course application.

  • National 5 (SCQF 5) subjects - pass at National 4 (with added value unit), Intermediate 1 at A or B, or Standard Grade 3 or 4 in the subject.
  • Higher (SCQF 6) subjects - A or B pass at National 5 or A or B at Intermediate 2 in the subject.
  • Advanced Higher (SCQF 7) subjects - A or B pass at Higher
  • For entry to social science subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, History and Politics previous study of the subject is not required. However, National 5 English is required plus another social subject at SCQF level 5.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • This will be assessed within a question paper requiring application of the breadth of knowledge and skills acquired from across the units of the course sometimes in integrated ways. As an aid to meeting these aims skills in using a calculator will be developed and a calculator will be permitted in part of the question paper.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You may be invited to sit a diagnostic test to assess your knowledge and suitability for the course.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 4 hours across 2 days per week.Tuesday and Thursday at Sighthill campus (2.15-4.30) or
  • 1 (3 hours) evening class per week on a Tuesday evening at Sighthill campus (6-9) or
  • 1 (3 hours) evening class taught remotely on a Tuesday evening (6-9) with campus attendance during the year for assessments and the final exam

Students need to attend every week at the allocated time. National 5 Maths is a demanding course and applicants need to ensure they can give the time and commitment required to pass the course.

Course Cost And Funding Options
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Higher and National 5 Timetable
Applying for Higher and National 5s

Online applications for Advanced Higher/Higher/National 5 courses can be made via enrolment events. All applicants who meet the entry requirements following exam results will be guaranteed a place. 

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