Mathematics - Core *NEW*

Entry Requirements

Mathematics GCSE grade 4.


About This Course

The Core Mathematics qualification category is intended for post-GCSE study, although it is distinct from A/AS Level Mathematics in having a much more extensive and explicit focus on problem-solving and the use of mathematics in everyday situations. It is designed to assist students build a broader base of mathematical understanding and skills in order to support the mathematical content in our other Level 3 qualifications, for example A Level Biology, Business Studies, Geography, Psychology and BTECs Applied Science, Business Studies and Health and Social Care.


Course Content & Assessment

We are delivering Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics in Context which is equivalent in size to an AS level qualification and carries the same number of UCAS tariff points. The qualification focuses on using and applying mathematics and include ideas and skills that support mathematics in other courses.

The qualification is 100% exam based and has two written exam papers that are sat in May/June.

The course is split into 4 main areas:

Applications of statistics

Linear programming


Sequences and growth


What could this course lead to?

Studying Core Mathematics helps students develop their quantitative and problem-solving skills. This is valuable preparation for many degree courses, particularly in subjects such as geography, psychology, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that do not require AS/A Level Mathematics. It is important to check if you will need A Level Mathematics for certain areas of study or apprenticeships when deciding to apply for Core Mathematics.

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