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Maths (Core) (Level 3) at New College Swindon

Course description

This is an exciting new two-year course leading to a qualification in mathematical problem solving.  It is equivalent to an AS Level.   The main focus of the course is learning to apply the mathematics you have learnt at GCSE as well as a modest amount of new material to practical problems.  You will develop your problem solving skills, your ability to communicate your mathematical ideas and your team-working skills.  You will learn how to apply Maths to make sense of situations in your other AS Levels and the world around you.

It will suit students studying for AS/A Levels or vocational qualifications but who have chosen not to study AS/A Level Maths. In this course, the practical problem drives the maths so you never need to ask ‘When will anyone ever use this bit of maths?!

Course content

Initially you will work on tackling a range of problems by learning to work in a team, to communicate your ideas and to apply familiar maths to an unfamiliar problem.  The course will then develop and you will learn some Advanced Level Mathematics and Statistics that will broaden the range of problems you will be able to tackle. 

Entry requirements

You will need a good understanding of earlier work and a GCSE Grade C or above in Maths. You
should have studied Maths at the higher tier level.


There will be two written exams at the end of the two years of the course.

Future opportunities

Maths is an important subject to support many scientific and business courses as well as Computing, Geography and Psychology. Many careers value the analytical and logical approach to problem solving that Core Maths develops. Many Higher Education courses will value mathematics studied at a higher level than GCSE.  Employers too will value the practical ability of being able to apply your mathematics in a real world situation.  The unit in Statistics in particular is good preparation for a career in Business, Economics, Insurance, Finance, Accountancy, Market Research or Social Science. The Statistics unit links well with other AS Level subjects such as Psychology and Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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