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Core Mathematics A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

Core Maths is a level 3 qualification designed to develop students’ mathematical understanding and application of mathematics in ways that are valuable for further study and employment across a range of areas. It will develop students’ ability to think mathematically, logically and analytically and will build skills in applying maths to new problems and issues.

Core Maths is distinct from A Level maths. It should fit alongside a student’s main 16-18 programme, is designed to be taken over two years and attracts points equivalent to an AS level. It provides useful mathematical skills for students studying courses such as A-level Psychology, Sciences and Geography; as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

The content is based around the new GCSE Mathematics Higher Tier (first teaching 2015), with around 20% taken from other qualifications, for example A-level Maths. Areas studied will include analysis of data, mathematics for personal finance, estimation, critical and risk analysis and statistical and graphical techniques.

Entry requirements

A grade C or above in GCSE mathematics.


The qualification is assessed by two final examinations both 90 minutes long.

Further information

Core Mathematics A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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