Head of Department
Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including at least a grade 4 in Mathematics.
Examination = 100%
Core Mathematics is a new course designed for post-16 students who wish to continue studying Mathematics, but not at A Level. The new Core Mathematics qualification will help you retain, deepen and extend your knowledge of mathematics so that you are better prepared for higher education and employment; it is also particularly useful if your other college qualifications have a high level of mathematical content. Core Mathematics will help you understand and apply clear, mathematical reasoning to real-life problems, analyse and interpret data in a variety of contexts, and confidently deal with everyday financial mathematics.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop the skills to analyse data, deal with financial calculations, model real-life situations and criticise existing models.
You will learn how to model situations mathematically, including the use of Statistics, as well as developing your problem-solving and reasoning skills.
Ultimately, Core Mathematics will prepare you to use the mathematics that arises in everyday life.
What topics will I study?
Component 1 – Examination: Paper 1 (1 hour, 30 minutes – 50%)
- Section A: Analysis of data
- Section B: Maths for personal finance
- Section C: Estimation
Component 2 – Examination: Paper 2A (1 hour, 30 minutes – 50%)
- Section A: Critical analysis
- Section B: The normal distribution
- Section C: Probabilities and estimation
- Section D: Correlation & regression
Where does the course lead?
The Core Mathematics qualification is highly valued by employers and universities as more subjects, such as History, recognise the importance of statistics and problem-solving skills. Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving abilities, and this course will equip you with these skills.