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Core Mathematics Level 3 at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why study Core Mathematics?
This course is specifically designed for students who achieve an A* to C in GCSE Mathematics and who enjoy applying mathematics to real world problems but who do not want to study A Level Mathematics. The course will develop your understanding and ability to apply mathematics beyond GCSE, and become equipped to apply for university courses with a mathematical element as well as employment or higher apprenticeships in a wide range of professional sectors.

It is a perfect course to take to build a broader base of mathematical understanding and skills in order to support the mathematical content in other A Level and Level 3 BTEC subjects such as Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computer Science, Geography, Psychology, Applied Science and IT. Please note that this course is not suitable if you wish to study A Level Physics or Chemistry or a degree with heavy Mathematical content, such as Physics, Engineering, Chemistry or Mathematics itself. For all of these we would always recommend A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

What will I study?

  • Applications of Statistics - this will make you more confident and comfortable using real data.
  • Probability - this is used extensively in areas of A Level study such as finance, science, business and computer science.
  • Linear Programming - this is used to help solve problems and achieve the best outcome in a given situation.
  • Sequences & Growth - this can be applied to a wide variety of real-life contexts and problem-solving tasks, including financial mathematics, population growth, epidemics, earthquakes and radioactive decay.

What can I study it with?
If you’re not taking A Level Mathematics and you’re planning to take one or more of the following subjects then we would recommend you also taking Core Mathematics: Biology, Human Biology, Applied Science, Psychology, Business Studies, Economics, ICT, Computer Science and Geography.

Career opportunities
It carries the same UCAS points as an AS Level and universities accept it as part of a grade offer. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has also confirmed its support for the course, saying: “Employers want to see more young people studying for mathematics qualifications after sixteen.”

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in Maths, although Grade B is preferred, and Grade C in English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September