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Core Maths- AQA Level 3 Mathematical Studies at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

What is Core Maths? 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– similar to an AS, e.g. a Grade A will be worth 60 UCAS points.

Course content

Why haven’t I heard of it? Core Maths is a brand new course and is part of a wider initiative to improve Maths in England–you could be a part of it! It is available to all schools from September, but we are one of the few schools in Peterborough offering it in 2015. Will it be recognised by universities and employers? 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 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 useful in equipping you with these skills.

Entry requirements

What do I need to be able to study Core Maths? You will need a Grade C or above in Mathematics at GCSE and a minimum of Grade D in GCSE English Language. Is it only for those that got a C in GCSE Mathematics? No, students with A*-B will also be appropriately challenged by the course.


How will it be assessed? The qualification is assessed by 2 exams at the end of the year- with some pre-release material. There is no coursework component.

Future opportunities

Why Should YOU Study Core Maths? 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 with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics. 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.

Further information

Why Core Maths? Only 20 per cent of students study maths beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan, this figure is 85 per cent. This puts young people in the UK – you – at a major disadvantage in a global job market. The UK government wants this to change and has put in place a plan to encourage more students to carry on studying maths after GCSE. The aim is to ensure that by 2020, the vast majority of all students in post-16 education continue to study some form of maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One Year

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
    • Email address:


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    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.