# Core Mathematics - AS Level 3 at The Westgate School

## Course description

Course content

3.1 Analysis of data

Students will be expected to develop and demonstrate confidence and competence in the understanding and application of statistical techniques, interpreting data and drawing conclusions in the solution of problems.

3.2 Maths for personal finance

Students will be expected to develop and demonstrate confidence and competence in the understanding and application of the following calculations in the problems relating to personal finance.

3.3 Estimation

Students should become familiar with and gain confidence in ideas concerning the formulation of mathematical models.

3.4 Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data)

Students will be expected to use the data and models they are given and to be mathematically critical of these.

3.5 The normal distribution

Students should be able to recognise that many things closely follow a normal distribution - heights of people, size of things produced by machines, errors in measurements, blood pressure, marks on a test etc. In these and similar situations, a graph of the distribution will have a ‘bell’ shaped curve.

3.6 Probabilities and estimation

Students will be expected to understand what is meant by the term population, develop ideas of sampling, mean and variance.

3.7 Correlation and regression

Students will be able to recognise correlation, all varieties, and understand the idea of an outlier and whether to include or not.

## Assessment

Paper 1

3.1, 3.2, 3.3 are assessed in a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes duration. There are 60 marks available.

Scientific calculator or graphic calculator is allowed. Copy of Preliminary material will be made available to students prior to the exam Formulae sheet available

Paper 2

3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 are assessed in a written exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes duration. There are 60 marks available. Scientific calculator or graphic calculator is allowed. Copy of Preliminary material available will be made available to students before the exam. Formulae sheet and Statistical tables available.

## Future opportunities

Further study of mathematics can only enhance your future.

Level 3 Mathematical Studies’ skills transfer to A levels in the social science and humanities group: Psychology, Geography, Business Studies. There will be many opportunities for independent learning, giving greater ownership to the student.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Westgate School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016