S3 and S4
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The Standard Grade Mathematics course aims to help pupils to learn how to describe, tackle and solve problems which require the use of mathematical knowledge and techniques. Pupils are encouraged to see mathematics as arising out of solving problems, often in the real world, and not just as a collection of knowledge, skills and techniques to be learned and then applied.
The courses are designed to allow pupils to work at their own level of ability and not have to struggle with work which is too demanding, nor be restricted to work which is too easy and does not offer adequate challenge.
The areas of content are:
- Number and money (which includes whole number, decimal, percentage, and fraction calculations, in contexts such as home and personal budgeting);
- Measurement and shape (which includes lengths, areas and volumes, weights, temperature and time, speed and rates, properties of shapes, and scale diagrams and maps);
- Relationships (which includes tables and graphs, and formulae and equations, proportionality and variation).
- Statistics (which includes mode, mean, median, standard deviation, and probability).
- Investigative skills are encouraged wherever possible by the use of coursework tasks.
Assessment and Certification
Work is assessed on performance in the following course elements:
- Knowledge and Understanding
- Reasoning and Enquiry
Knowledge and Understanding and Reasoning and Enquiry are assessed by a written examination, set and marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Question papers are offered at three Levels: Foundation, General and Credit.
Basic numerical and algebraic skills are assessed in a non-calculator paper, while extended response questions assess skills in extended mathematical thinking.