# Core Mathematics A Level at Northampton Academy

## Course description

We are a Core Maths pilot school and have been running the course for longer than any other school in the country. For students who have a grade 5 or Higher and are not studying Mathematics A Level. Core Maths has been endorsed by some of the top Universities in the country and in many cases has proved to be the difference in one student gaining entry to their first choice University over another. The content is based on how maths is used in the work place. It builds upon and strengthens existing skills and focuses on using and applying mathematics to solve problems relevant to their everyday lives. This includes financial applications of mathematics as well as further statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Business or Economics. Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in support of it, recognising that Core Maths could be beneficial to students considering making an application to a range of degree subjects in the social sciences, business, and health sciences, for example. Subjects like history and Geography recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university.

## Course content

Compulsory content
- 3.1 Analysis of data
- 3.2 Maths for personal finance
- 3.3 Estimation
- 3.4 Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data)

Optional content
- 3.5 The normal distribution
- 3.6 Probabilities and estimation
- 3.7 Correlation and regression
- 3.8 Critical path analysis
- 3.9 Expectation
- 3.10 Cost benefit analysis
- 3.11 Graphical methods
- 3.12 Rates of change
- 3.13 Exponential functions

## Entry requirements

Level 3 Core Mathematics: A grade 5 at GCSE Maths, plus at least 4 other A*- C GCSE`s including English Language (grade 4 or higher)

## Assessment

Examination board: AQA. The Core Maths units each have an examination at the end of year 13.

## Future opportunities

As well as being specifically targeted at those wanting a career in business or finance, 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. In addition to this, mathematical modelling and graphing skills are of a benefit in game design.

## How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017