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Core Mathematics at Bishop Challoner Catholic College

Course description

What will I learn?

The Core Maths qualification is open to all students achieving at least a grade 4 at GCSE and is ideal for those who are unsure about studying A level mathematics but wish to continue their study of the subject. The course will include topics such as analysing and interpreting data, financial mathematics, modelling, critical analysis and statistical methods.

The use of digital technologies, spreadsheet software and computer algebra systems is also an important aspect of the Core Maths course. It will help you to develop your own mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills. Most of the problems will be embedded in the context of other disciplines and real world problems. They have been chosen specifically to support your work in other subjects.

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Entry requirements

At least a grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics


How will I be assessed?

Pupils will undertake two 90 minute exams at the end of the one year course. Both exams will involve the use calculators and will be of equal weighting. No coursework is required for this qualification.

Future opportunities

Where might these courses take me?

The AS/A level in Mathematics and Core Mathematics are excellent qualifications. They combine particularly well with Physics, Chemistry and Biology, but also complement the study of Geography, Economics, Psychology and Business Studies as these subjects have a degree of mathematical content.

The subject’s emphasis on problem solving, and refining and improving mathematical models, makes it very ‘transferable’ and suitable for many career pathways. Mathematics plays a vital role in professions such as accountancy/finance, computer modelling and simulation, engineering, insurance, medicine, statistical modelling, sports coaching and teaching.

Most jobs and careers require some element of functional maths; having a post-16 qualification in mathematics can give you the edge over other candidates.

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: 17 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Year Course