What does this course involve?

If you enjoyed Maths at GCSE but don’t want to study A level Mathematics, then Core Maths could be for you. The AQA Certificate level 3 in Mathematical Studies is a 1-year course taken in Year 12. It focuses on ‘real life’ maths, and maths that is useful for other subjects at A Level and Degree level.

Core Maths builds on the maths covered in GCSE, with concrete examples as to how this knowledge is useful. In studying VAT and tax calculations, you will build on your knowledge of percentages. In learning to carry out Fermi estimations, you will build up an awareness of the world as you learn and use facts about the population of the world and the population of the UK. You will learn about inflation, mortgages and student loans – lots of the maths that adults say they wish they had been taught at school. You will also study statistics that underpins many other A Level subjects, becoming familiar with sampling, standard deviation, normal distribution and confidence intervals.

The qualification is particularly valuable for any student planning a future that requires good quantitative skills, whether in higher education or employment. Degrees such as Biology, Geography and Business Studies all expect a high level of mathematical competency that can be supported by studying Core Maths.

How is this course assessed?

The content is assessed via two 1hr30 exams that take place at the end of Year 12.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics. If you achieve a Grade 7 or higher, we suggest you consider A Level Mathematics.