Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Level 3 Certificate at Bilborough College
If you’d like to extend your study of Mathematics beyond GCSE but are more interested in supporting other subjects than learning theoretical ideas, this course is for you. The emphasis in this subject is in interpreting real, relevant information such as house prices, scientific graphs and tables, financial investment and taxation. Lessons will utilise ICT in the form of laptops, iPads and calculators to enhance your understanding of Mathematics.
As this is a new course, it is under development to be ready for September 2015. It is examined through two question papers.
Paper 1 involves looking at how to collect, analyse, interpret and present data. The topics include maths for personal finance, loans, savings and investments, tax, inflation and National Insurance. You will study how to model information mathematically by making simplifications and how to use models to make predictions.
Paper 2 will involve analysing data models and report writing. e.g. looking at information given in a table and picking out the weaknesses of the presentation, suggesting improvements. You will also plot curves in real contexts and use them to find solutions e.g. examine the rate of inflation over several years.
To study Mathematical Studies at Bilborough, you need a grade C or above in Maths GCSE. The course is equivalent to an AS Level and is part of a national strategy to increase numbers of students taking Maths beyond GCSE. The course studied over two years.
Please note that although A-level Use of Mathematics carries the same UCAS points as the traditional A-level Mathematics, it is not suitable if you wish to study for a degree with heavy Mathematical content, such as Physics, Engineering, Economics or Mathematics itself. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of this course for you and your future plans, please ask – we want to give you the best advice.
We aim to give you the best possible footing for university and your future career with enrichment opportunities and CV-enhancing experiences. Each year we run a trip to Maths Inspiration, for example, where students have the opportunity to, as the organisers put it, "experience the UK's most inspiring maths speakers live, in big venues, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations”. Presentations have intriguing titles such as ‘Rollercoasters: Designed To Thrill’, ‘From Pepsi to Peace Deals’ and ‘The Friendship Paradox of Facebook’.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.