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Core Maths

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The Level 3 Certificate in Core Maths is a qualification that is designed to deepen and extend the knowledge of mathematics learnt at GCSE.

Core Maths is not as difficult or demanding as A Level Maths, it is worth up to 20 UCAS points and is ideal for students who need transferable mathematical skills to support their other subjects or for future university courses or employment.

What will you learn?

You will study two units: Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning (IQR) and Statistical Problem Solving (SPS). The IQR module builds on traditional GCSE skills such as:

  • Working with percentages
  • Probability and risk
  • Statistical diagrams and interpretation
  • Measures and scaling

The IQR module also adds more context to questions with links to finance, formulae & spreadsheets and supply & demand.

The SPS module has topics such as:

  • Spearman’s Rank
  • Chi-squared tests and
  • Normal distribution
  • Hypothesis testing

which have many links to other A Level subjects such as Biology and Psychology.

What will you learn?

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is ideal for students who do not need, or wish to study A level Maths, but who are interested in careers or university courses that contain large amounts of mathematical content, such as sport and social sciences, psychology, geography, biology and many business-related courses and careers.

Entry Requirements & Other Info
  • Entry Requirements Arrow down

    You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (9-4), including English. A minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

  • Experiences Arrow down

    This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore maths and prepare you for many different careers and courses in higher education. As a student on the Core Maths course, you will be given the chance to take part in revision sessions and study groups, as well as take part in trips to leading universities. You will also be able to hear from guest speakers on the subject, and take part in multiple career-based college wide activities.

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    Many universities can make reduced offers to some of their degree courses to students who have studied Core Maths, recognising that the knowledge of Core Maths will not only support students’ University studies, but also their future career and employment. Core Maths will provide a good basis for starting a higher level apprenticeship or entering the world of work upon leaving college.

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    Students with a strong background in mathematics can go on to work in a huge variety of fields. Any industry that values strong analytical skills and high-level problem-solving ability will benefit from students that have studied Core Maths.

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