Mathematics (Core)

  • Equivalent to AS Level
  • AQA
  • Entry requirements: GCSE Mathematics Grade 4 or above
  • Goes well with: Textiles, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business Studies, Computer Science, Psychology

Study this beautiful and exciting subject for its own sake or to support further studies in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Psychology and many other areas. This course will develop and extend your understanding of topics covered at GCSE in a real life applied context.

This is an exciting new course leading to a qualification in mathematical problem solving. It is equivalent to the same UCAS points as an AS Level, is taught over 1 year and is assessed by 2 exams at the end of Year 12.

The main focus of Core Maths is learning to apply the mathematics you have learnt at GCSE as well as learning new Level 3 skills; the course has been designed to maintain and develop real-life Maths skills. You will develop your problem solving skills, your ability to communicate your mathematical ideas and your team-working skills. In addition to this, the content of the course is designed to help support other A-Levels which include some maths in their content. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element.

Many Higher Education courses will value mathematics studied at a higher level than GCSE. Many careers value the analytical and logical approach to problem solving that Core Maths develops. Employers too will value the practical ability of being able to apply your mathematics in a real world situation. A qualification in Mathematical Studies demonstrates that you are able to apply learning to the real world, and is an asset to anyone thinking about a degree course or possible employment in science, technology or financial services. Students who study maths after GCSE may improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

“I chose Core Maths because I enjoy Maths but didn’t want to do a full A level. I find it interesting as it is to do with real life situations. I think it will help me with my university applications and help me pursue my future plans”