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Mathematics in Context Level 3 Certificate at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

This qualification is equivalent in size to an AS Level qualification. Its main aim is to improve students’ knowledge of Mathematics and apply it to situations in the real world. It is unlike AS Mathematics because it focuses on applying Maths to real life contexts. The course will develop a broad base of mathematical understanding and skills in order to support the mathematical content in other Level 3 qualifications, such as GCE A Level Biology, Chemistry, Economics, ICT, Geography, Psychology and BTEC Applied Science.

Course content

The course is divided into four areas:

1. Application of statistics: Use of sampling, time series, histograms, cumulative frequency, interquartile range, variance, standard deviation, correlation coefficients, linear regression and spearman’s rank.
2. Probability: Use of tree diagrams, venn diagrams, conditional probability, addition rule, independent events. Risk analysis.
3. Linear programming: Application of equation solving including simultaneous equations, equations of straight lines and inequalities. Solve and interpret inequalities graphically, formulate problems as linear programs with up to three variables and solve and interpret two variable problems graphically.
4. Sequences and growth: Analysis of growth and decay (compound interest), use of indices, sequences and series, sketching different graph types including exponential functions and interpretation of gradient.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Maths.


This course is designed to be engaging and relevant. It will consolidate and build on students’ mathematical understanding from GCSE, and develop further mathematical understanding and skills in the application of mathematics to authentic problems. It will be delivered through discussion, teacher-led exposition, individual study and group work.

The Examination will consist of two written papers of 1hr 40mins each: ‘comprehension’ and ‘applications’. A source booklet is provided for each paper which the student will have access to Five days before the examination. For the ‘Comprehension’ paper, students will need to understand, interpret and analyse the content of the source booklet in order to be able to answer the questions. For the ‘Applications’ paper, students will need to complete four themed tasks requiring them to apply their problem solving skills. In Mathematics at Kennicott, it is expected that every student has an excellent work ethic. Not only will you be expected to focus on, and contribute to, class discussion, but a substantial amount of independent study will be required.

Future opportunities

This course will:
- support student progression by preparing learners for the mathematics requirements of a number of higher education courses
- develop students’ understanding and ability to apply mathematics, and become equipped to apply for employment or higher apprenticeships in a wide range of industry sectors, professional training or university
- prepare students for the range of varied contexts that they are likely to encounter in vocational and academic study, future employment and life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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