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Core Mathematics at Stowupland High School

Course description

Core Maths is a brand new course for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take AS or A Level mathematics.  At the end of the one year course, you will come out with a level 3 qualification—with equivalent UCAS points to an AS level.  

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills.  What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element.  It will also help with other A level subjects— in particular science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics. 

Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in strong support of it.  Even subjects like history now recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university.

Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Maths qualification.  Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills. 

Course content

The mathematical content will be taken from the following areas:

•           Number & Measures

•           Financial Maths

•           Discrete Maths

•           Algebra & Graphs

•           Statistics

•           Probability

The content will be approximately 80% of the current Higher GCSE and at least 20% additional Level 3 content, decided by the awarding bodies/exam boards. 

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum C grade in GCSE Mathematics. 


This is a 1 year linear course which is solely exam assessed in the summer of Year 12.  There will be two papers, with corresponding source material booklets that will be worked on in lessons  before the examinations. 

Future opportunities

This qualification provides the mathematical skills to support students progressing to higher     education to study subjects that ‘use’ mathematics including, for example, biology, business, geography, health and social care, nursing and psychology.  Students planning to study more mathematically-based  subjects including mathematics, statistics and physics, will find that A level mathematics is likely to be a requirement.  We advise those students who are planning to         progress to higher education to check with universities to confirm the suitability of Core Mathematics. 

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills.  Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September