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Core Mathematics - Certificate at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is an AS level completed in one year and is ideal if you want to take a higher level mathematics qualification but don't make the requirements for A Level Mathematics, or prefer not to take it.

One of the government's big issues in recent years has been trying to increase the level of mathematics ability in the UK workforce and this course was created to address that.  With an AS level in core mathematics you will stand out as someone who has chosen to carry on with mathematics, perhaps alongside other less mathematical or scientific A Levels. It is also an option for Level 3 Btec science or engineering students, who want to take a higher level mathematics qualification in conjunction with their Btec

Core mathematics is ideal if you want to study psychology, sociology, business or geography and do not wish to study A Level Mathematics. It covers the kind of logical thinking skills needed in these subjects, financial mathematics and statistics, which are integral to these subjects and the careers that follow from them.

Course content

Content of Paper 1:

  • Analysis of data
  • Maths for personal finance
  • Estimation
  • Critical analysis of given data and models

Content of Paper 2:

  • Critical path analysis
  • Expectation
  • Cost benefit analysis

Entry requirements

3 Bs/5s and 3 Cs/4s at GCSE (including a grade C/4 in mathematics)

As core mathematics is only available as an AS level it would be studied as a fourth subject in the first year alongside 3 A Levels


All units are assessed by examination papers at the end of the one year course. There are no coursework assessments

Financial information

Full time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are EU citizens

Future opportunities

AS Core Mathematics is aimed at students who want to take maths further as they value it alongside their other studies. There are no career paths where this would not be considered an assest, however is of particular value to students in the social sciences (sociology, psychology), geography or geology and business.  It is also highly valuable for anyone considering teaching, especially primary teaching.  It is possible that this qualification may soon be compulsory for primary teachers, as this was the intention of the Government when the course was created.

Further information

You will need a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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