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Core Mathematics (Level 3) (Option Block A) at The North School

Course description

This qualification 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 needs of learners preparing for a variety of technical and professional roles are met through learning about mathematical modelling, costing, risk and the use of spreadsheets. Financial problem solving is a part of the qualification; this is important for all learners, irrespective of their future ambitions.

This qualification gives learners the mathematical skills to tackle problems in a variety of situations. It enables them to strengthen the mathematical knowledge and skills which they have learnt at GCSE and apply them to the problems they will encounter in further study, life and employment. The use of technology, in particular spreadsheets, is an integral part of the course.

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

The aim is to emphasise and encourage the following widely recognised outcomes:

  • Sound understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and techniques from GCSE and beyond
  • Fluency in procedural skills, common problem solving skills and strategies
  • Confidence in applying mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in a range of new and unfamiliar contexts to solve real life problems
  • Competency in interpreting and explaining solutions of problems in context.

Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English and

Mathematics at grade 5.


This Level 3 Certificate is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment comprising two timed, written examination papers.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course will fulfil the Mathematical requirements of a number of courses and career choices in, for example, business, geography, ICT, psychology, sociology or health and social care, teacher training or health professional training courses.

Further information

For further information on the content of this course and entry requirements, please contact Ms S Dantes.

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: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year