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Core Maths at Wales High School and Business and Enterprise College with Applied Learning

Course description

Course Overview

Core Mathematics is a Post-16 level 3 qualification for students who want to continue their mathematical studies but who do not want to study A-Level Mathematics. It is suitable for students who studied Mathematics at the higher tier of GCSE.


The focus in Core Mathematics is how Mathematics is used in real life applications and how it will be useful in the world of work.


Core Mathematics is not an A-Level but is equivalent to an AS Level in terms of UCAS points. It is designed to be taken alongside three A Levels.


Examination Board

The Examination Board for this course is AQA.


Where can this lead?

Core Mathematics is useful for anyone who is thinking of taking a degree where mathematical skills are important, e.g. Biology, Psychology, Economics, Business and many more. It will be very useful for any students taking A-Levels in these subjects.


Course Breakdown

Core Mathematics is a two year course and a two year commitment. It is taught for two hours a week. Students are assessed at the end of the course by two exams both 1h30 in duration. There is no coursework.


Students will study Core Content for Paper 1 which includes Statistical Techniques, Financial Maths and Fermi Estimates. In addition they will study Statistical Techniques in greater detail for Paper 2. These papers are equally weighted and the teaching of this course material is spread over the two years, with a much greater emphasis on exam technique in Year 13.


Enrichment Opportunities

As Core Maths is so cross-curricular in nature, we constantly exploit opportunities to bring the work we do in to the real world, Just some examples of this is work the students have done on budgeting, student loans and mortgages. The students have found this incredibly useful and informative.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 and above in higher tier GCSE Mathematics.

Further information

There is opportunity for students to practise Core Maths work during dedicated, timetabled intervention sessions. Mr Proctor-Green and Mr Brailsford are always available at lunchtimes for extra support too.

Follow the link to see our Core Mathematics Student Profiles:

For further information, please contact – Mr C Brailsford /  

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: 26 October 2018
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  • Start date: Next September