Core Maths

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What is Core Maths?

  • A new two year Level 3 course for students in post 16 education who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 and above but have decided not to study A Level Mathematics.
  • Introduced by the Department of Education in September 2014, it forms part of the Government’s plan to increase participation and raise standards in mathematics education. (Only 20% of students study mathematics beyond GCSE in the UK – in Japan this figure is 85%)

Who should do Core Maths?

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Core Maths is strongly recommended for students studying one of the following A Level subjects without A Level Mathematics:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Psychology

If a student is studying one of the following courses, Core Maths is also recommended:

  • Applied Science Certificate
  • Business A Level or BTEC L3 Certificate or 90-credit Diploma
  • Food Science and Nutrition L3 Certificate
  • IT BTEC L3 Certificate or Foundation Diploma

Progression Opportunities

Designed in association with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for employment and further studies.

Qualification Level

Core Maths has the same UCAS points as an AS Level.

Teaching and Learning Styles

Students learn through using and applying mathematics to solve meaningful and ‘real life’ problems including:

  • Personal contexts e.g. budgeting household finances, tax return computations, working out interest payments on loans and savings
  • Occupational contexts e.g. analysing and evaluating data, financial calculations, modelling
  • Societal contexts e.g. probability and estimation calculations relating to local or global communities
  • Scientific contexts e.g. sequences and growth scenarios related to the natural world, science and technology

Course Content

  • Statistics and algebra
  • Probability and estimation
  • Data analysis and modelling
  • Sequences and growth
  • Financial planning and management
  • Collaborative problem solving approaches and techniques
  • Using technology and spreadsheets

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An exam at the end of the two year period of study.

Recommended Course Combinations if not studying A-Level Mathematics