Numeracy SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

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.

Entry requirements

Learners are expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or equivalent qualification and/or experience:

National 4 Lifeskills Mathematics Course or its component units, National 4 Mathematics Course or its component units, Numeracy (National 4) Unit or Core Skills Numeracy (SCQF level 4)

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.  Learners who complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Use numerical skills to solve real-life problems involving money/time/measurement
  2. Interpret graphical data and situations involving probability to solve real-life problems involving money/time/measurement

How will I study my course?

  • Evening

Classroom based on either a Tuesday afternoon 2pm - 4pm or a Wednesday evening 5pm - 7pm

How long will my course last?

0.5 Academic Year

Semester 2

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date

August and January


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

Additional costs

This course is fully funded by Multiply, a UK Government funded programme, launched as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) delivered via Orkney Islands Council.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Numeracy at SCQF 5 is a requirement for a number of careers and apprenticeships.

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