Applications of Mathematics National 5

What is special about this course?

The National 5 Applications of Mathematics course explores the applications of mathematical techniques and skills in everyday situations, including financial matters, statistics, and measurement.

Through real-life contexts you will acquire and apply mathematical operational skills directly relevant to life and work and learn to appreciate the role of mathematical ideas in the world.

Special features:

  • Less emphasis is placed on mathematical theory than National 5 Mathematics, and instead focuses on problem solving, risk assessment, and making informed decisions based on mathematical reasoning and the results of computations. 
  • The skills, knowledge and understanding in the course supports learning in other curriculum areas.
  • This qualification is accepted by increasing numbers of Scottish Universities into undergraduate courses in fields such as Care and Education.

Entry requirements

  • National 4 Applications of Maths
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes:

  • Unit 1 – Managing Finance and Statistics
  • Unit 2 – Geometry and Measures
  • Unit 3 – Numeracy


You may wish to purchase the textbook “Leckie and Leckie National 5 Applications of Maths Student Book” (ISBN: 978-0-00-828206-6). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face classes on campus and remote learning via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with support from your lecturers.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

You will attend a face-to-face class on campus on Tuesdays from 10am-12pm, plus you will be expected to complete a minimum of 4 hours per week of online study.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

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The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Additional costs

Course cost: £352

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees. Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to support learning in other areas, such as technology, health and wellbeing, science, and social studies. 

Additionally, National 5 Applications of Maths is accepted by increasing numbers of Scottish Universities into undergraduate courses in fields such as Care and Education.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray 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.