Core maths (Level 3)

Head Department:
Miss L Jenkins

Why choose the subject?
Core Mathematics is a type of level 3 post-16 qualification which can be taken alongside A levels and vocational qualifications. It is equal in size to an AS level and carries the same UCAS tariff. Many new specifications in subjects such as Psychology and Biology require quantitative skills that aren’t taught to GCSE level. Core Maths focuses on applying maths to solve real-life problems as well as enabling students to foster the ability to think mathematically and apply maths in unfamiliar situations. It helps to prepare students for the real-life mathematical demands of further study and employment.

Who is eligible?
Core Maths is designed to support students who achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics but decide not to study AS or A level Mathematics.

Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning
Uses the modelling, statistical problem solving and financial problem solving cycles. Use the Normal Distribution, exponentials and logarithms. Calculate risk.

Statistical Problem Solving
Strategies for problem solving, inference, sampling, raw data, graphs, charts and summary measures, the Normal distribution, Spearman’s Rank Correlation, interpretation, evaluation and checking.

PAPER 1: Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning
2 hours, 50% of total mark. Written examination in which source material used and available two months prior to examination. Calculator allowed.

PAPER 2: Statistical Problem Solving
2 hours, 50% of total mark, Written examination in which source material used throughout the year. Calculator allowed.

Studying maths helps us find patterns and structure in our lives. Practically, maths helps us put a price on things, create graphics , build websites, build skyscrapers and generally understand how things work or predict how they might change over time and under different conditions.

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem-solving skills. Not only will studying maths help give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

This course is commonly studied with:
As an A-Level subject, maths complements several other A-Level courses, including psychology, physics, chemistry, biology and product design.

Future Careers:
People with maths degrees and other qualifications can go into: accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, the civil service, design, construction and astrophysics to name a few. Specific job roles include actuary, business analyst, software engineer, technology analyst, information engineer, speech technology researcher, and maths teacher.