For more information contact Head of Department:
Mr R Morris - firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief introduction to subject:
Core Maths is suitable for students who do not wish to study A-level Maths but who do wish to develop their mathematical, statistical and quantitative skills. Mathematics in Context is a two year course, that is measured as a Level 3 qualification, accredited by Ofqual, and equivalent in size to an AS qualification. However, it is distinct from AS Mathematics as learners consolidate mathematical techniques that can be directly applied to real-life contexts.
Core maths is a post-16/level three qualification taken alongside A-levels, or other level three qualifications, complementing a range of academic and technical programmes. It is designed for students to retain, deepen and extend their knowledge and skills from GCSE, as well as studying and applying new level three material relevant to their needs.
The primary focus is on using and applying mathematics and statistics to address authentic problems and real-life scenarios, drawn from study, work and life, with a strong emphasis on problem-solving.
Core maths has three key objectives:
- deepen competence in the selection and use of methods and techniques
- develop confidence in representing and analysing authentic situations and in applying mathematics to address related questions
- build skills in mathematical thinking, reasoning and communication
Maths - Grade 5 (strong 4)
Paper 1: Comprehension 40% of the total qualification
Paper 2: Applications 60% of the total qualification
Assessment consists of two externally examined papers which are taken in May/June of Year 13
Paper 1 - Comprehension – worth 40% of the total qualification
Overview of content This paper will examine the following content areas: applications of statistics probability linear programming sequences and growth.
Paper 2 - Applications – worth 60% of the total qualification
Overview of content This paper will examine the following content areas: applications of statistics probability linear programming sequences and growth
Core maths is useful for students who need to be equipped for the mathematical and quantitative demands of other courses and employment, but it is also particularly relevant for those who need these skills to meet the demands of a range of courses in higher education. In fact, over 40 universities this year made a statement in support, and it was publicly endorsed by the Russell Group of research-intensive universities.