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Mathematics - Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Problem-solving (OCR Level 3 Certificate) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

Using mathematics creatively to address authentic problems, communicating, thinking clearly and evaluating quantitative statements are features of this qualification. The ability to reason confidently using quantitative information and to check the accuracy of statements made by others is important for all future study and employment, as well as for effective participation in everyday life.

Course content

Paper 1 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning and Paper 2 Critical Maths. Topics include modelling, statistics, finance, working with exponentials, working with graphs and gradients, geometry and measures, risk, estimation, problem solving, communicating solutions and use of technology.

The qualification is an AS taken over 2 years and will give learners the mathematical skills to tackle problems in a range of authentic situations. They enable learners to strengthen the mathematical knowledge and skills they have learnt at GCSE so they can apply them to the problems they’ll come across. The use of technology – in particular, spreadsheets – is an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

It is essential that students have achieved a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics.


Assessment is by 2 written examinations with pre-release material.

Future opportunities

Core Mathematics is designed to support post-16 learners with the mathematical and statistical needs of their further study of other subjects, as well as for employment and everyday life. The course is valuable to learners preparing for a variety of technical and professional roles, as they learn about mathematical modelling, costing, risk and the use of spreadsheets. Financial problem solving, which is important for all learners no matter what their future ambitions, is also a feature of the qualification.

Further information

Please contact the school for further information

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 September 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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