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Core Mathematics AS Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Core Maths is a new, Level 3, course designed in conjunction with UK industry representatives and universities. It is designed to enhance the maths skills of students for work, further study and life in general! Core Maths is designed for those students who: • Enjoy Maths but don't want to study the subject at A Level • Want to strengthen and develop the mathematical knowledge and skills they have learnt at GCSE • Want to get experience and confidence in solving problems similar to those found in work, running your own business, and studying a variety of subjects at degree level. • Are studying subjects such with some mathematical content such as Psychology

Course content

Year 1

Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning

Compulsory Unit: In this unit students skills are developed from GCSE, with a focus on practical applications and how to use mathematical modelling and processes to solve complex problems. In addition Students will become used to handling data to draw conclusions and make recommendations or decisions accordingly.

Assessment Information

Examined end of Year 13

2 hour written paper with data and materials released 2 weeks before the exam

Year 2

Statistical Problem Solving

In this option students develop their skills using statistical methods and modelling to solve practical real life problems; directly complementing statistics used in many social sciences and business.

Assessment Information

Examined end of Year 13

2 hour written paper with data and materials released 2 weeks before the exam

Critical Maths

Option 2: Deepen competence in the selection and use of mathematical methods and techniques. Develop confidence in representing and analysing authentic situations mathematically and in applying mathematics to address related questions and issues. Build skills in mathematical thinking, reasoning and communication.

Assessment Information

Examined end of Year 13

Entry requirements

A* - C in GCSE Maths


See Course Content for full details of assessment.

Future opportunities

Core Maths is looked upon very favourably by Universities and businesses alike as it shows a higher Level of Mathematical ability; an issue raised by many universities and business.

Further information

The course combines well with the following subjects at A2 or AS Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Design and Technology, Health and Social Care and many more!

Student Views

“It has made me question every fact or figure I hear in the news!” Millie Batchelor Y12

“I like it because it’s different” Maddie Parkes Y12

“I like applying the maths we learn to real life problems we are given. It feels really useful.” Rhys Kuhler Y12

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: OCR H866 / H867
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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