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Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Level 3 (Block C) at Walton High School

Course description

Mathematics is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their future destination, whatever that may be.

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is a new qualification designed for students who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take AS or A-level mathematics.

This course 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 includes a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with Sciences, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology and Economics, as well as technical and vocational courses.

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

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above at GCSE


The course is comprised of a compulsory unit and an optional unit which are assessed by two equally weighted 1½ hour exams in June.

1 – Compulsory Unit

  • Analysis of data
  • Maths for personal finance
  • Estimation

2A – Option A

  • Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data)
  • The normal distribution
  • Probabilities and estimation
  • Correlation and regression

2B – Option B

  • Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and tabular data)
  • Critical path analysis
  • Expectation
  • Cost benefit analysis

Future opportunities

This level 3 qualification has equivalent UCAS points to an AS level.

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.

Further information

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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