Core Maths

A Level, Core Maths

Core Maths

A Level, Core Maths

Core Mathematics is an alternative to A Level Mathematics which is designed to better prepare students for the ‘real life’ mathematical demands of study, employment and life. The course has been designed to address the UK’s gap in basic mathematic skills and as such provides successful students with a considerable edge over others. Only 20% of students study Mathematics beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan, this figure is 85%. The course builds upon and strengthens existing skills from GCSE, focusing on using and applying Mathematics to solve problems relevant to students’ everyday lives. It will also support and enable students to access other A Level subjects- in particular with science, geography, business studies and psychology. Compulsory content covers the analysis of data (data collection, calculation of statistics such as mean and standard deviation, statistical diagrams), personal finance, estimation, critical analysis and use of spreadsheets.

Course Outlines

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Two external examination papers which are equally weighted.

Course Units
  • Analysis of Data
  • Maths for Personal Finance
  • Estimation
  • Critical Analysis of Given Data and Models (including Spreadsheets and Tabular)
  • The Normal Distribution
  • Probabilities and Estimation
  • Correlation and Regression
Future Opportunities

Core Mathematics is a new course but already several universities have come out in strong support of it. Even subjects like history now recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Mathematics qualification will help you hit the ground running at university. Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Mathematics qualification. Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Mathematics will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills. Students who study Maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

Further Information

The Core Mathematics qualification is for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at Grade 4 or above but have decided not to study A Level Mathematics. It builds upon and strengthens existing skills and focuses on using and applying Mathematics to solve problems relevant to their everyday lives.

Core Mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life with a financial maths element. It will also help with other A Level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.

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