Core Maths

“When am I going to use this in real life?” – a question that is the bane of all maths teachers. By studying Core Maths, you will learn maths that you will definitely be able to use later on in life. From learning how to spot when advertisers and politicians twist numbers for their own purposes, to learning whether it is sensible to get a student loan, or how your taxes work, Core Maths will ensure you are better prepared for adult life.

In the UK, only 20% of students study maths beyond GCSE – the lowest rate in the developed world. Mathematical skills are increasingly important in a society that relies on technology, and highly in demand by employers and universities. Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is a qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE and who are not taking A-level Maths.

Studying Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) will help develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as Psychology, Sociology, Sciences, Geography, IT, Business Studies and Economics.  It also helps students explore and understand real life mathematics like loans, taxes, interest rates and mortgages, and analyse the use of data and numbers in the media.

Assessment (Exam Board – AQA AS)

How is the Assessment structured?
Two exam papers taken at the end of the two year linear course:

Paper 1 Assesses:

  • analysis of data
  • Maths for personal finance
  • estimation

Paper 2A Assesses:

  • critical analysis of given data and models including spreadsheets and tabular data
  • statistical techniques

Entry Requirements:

7 Higher Grades:

  • Grade 4 (or above) for Maths
  • Grade 4 (or above) for English
  • Grade 4 (or above) for other GCSE subjects
  • 1 BTEC (or equivalent) at Merit or above may be included within the 7 grades

Further Information

David Parro
Subject Lead for Maths
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