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Core Maths is a useful course if you want to maintain your valuable mathematical skills but are not planning on taking A Level Mathematics. It is a year long course and can be taken in Year 1 or Year 2.

It has been designed to develop real-life mathematical skills, the emphasis is on how and when to apply new and existing skills to problems that arise in the workplace, in education, in personal finances and in everyday life.

This course is complementary to many other subjects and you will find statistics and other skills taught will help hugely with your understanding and application in other areas, in particular with Science, Earth Sciences, Business, Psychology and Economics.

On this course you will study the following topics:

  • Modelling
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • Working with exponentials
  • Working with graphs and gradients
  • Geometry and measures
  • Risk
  • Estimation
  • Problem solving
  • Communicating solutions
  • Use of technology

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 5 or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above.

The qualification is assessed by two, 2 hour exams.

Mathematical skills are highly desirable to universities and employers and can aid a whole range of careers including; 

  • Business
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Accountancy
  • Optometry
  • Forensics
  • Science
  • Marketing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Psychology

What is the value of this qualification?

This qualification is equivalent of an AS Level and carries the same UCAS tariff points.

“Core Maths is a good additional one year course to take as it develops and enhances your mathematical skills that you may need in your other subjects. It is a good way to gain UCAS points and learn maths that you could need in real world situations, and is more enjoyable than GCSE maths ever was”.

“Core Maths helps you to understand Maths on an everyday level and apply it to real world scenarios. It teaches you how to use everyday equations and formulas that are used in the workplace. It deepens your understanding and helps you to use things you’ll need in the real world, like spreadsheets”.

“I have learned a lot of skills in Core Maths which are very practical in day to day life. It’s been really good that we did exam style questions every lesson alongside the theories. It was all a bit confusing at the beginning of the course, but it all came together and make sense now at the end of the course. Thank you”!

“I think that Core Maths is very beneficial and can be applied to many other subjects as well as real life scenarios. It helps to improve your confidence in mathematical skills and supports your learning in other A Levels as well as being an enjoyable addition to your college life”.

“Core Maths has helped me in: Psychology (when understanding scientific research planning), Biology (my ability to display data through graphs) and Environmental Science (in grouping species and I answered a mathematical question without my environmental science teachers help!). It has also helped in general life with understanding tax payment”.