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Core Mathematics Level 3 at Walton High

Course description

Core Maths aims to prepare students for the mathematical demands of higher education and work where there is a distinct mathematical or statistical element, but where the mathematical demands do not stretch to a requirement for A-level Mathematics.

This Level 3 qualification will consolidate students’ mathematical understanding, build their confidence and competence in applying mathematical techniques to solve a range of problems and introduce them to new techniques and concepts that will prepare them for further study or employment within a broad range of academic, professional and technical fields. However, this course will give students half an A-level equivalent and therefore will only be an appropriate as a 4th choice.

Course content

Students develop a more advanced understanding of statistics, financial maths and modelling– for example, understanding investments, analysing trends in population growth or calculating new ways to improve a process. There will also be an emphasis on using maths in a business setting.

The course is split into two papers consisting of the following units:

Paper 1

Compulsory content:

  • Analysis of data
  • Maths for personal finance
  • Estimation

Paper 2

Compulsory content:

  • Critical analysis of given data and models

As well as a choice of one of the following:

  • Statistical Techniques
  • Critical Path and Risk Analysis
  • Graphical Techniques

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs (A*-C) or above, including English Language and Maths. Grade C in GCSE Maths.


Core Maths is assessed by exam only. It is designed to be taken over two years with both exams taken at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Core Maths is designed to help students:

  • Develop mathematical modelling, evaluating and reasoning skills.
  • Solve substantial and real life problems encountered by adults.
  • Use ICT as an explanatory tool for developing mathematical understanding and for solving numerical problems.
  • Enjoy mathematics and develop confidence in using mathematics

It is an ideal choice for those who wish to go on to studies that require or benefit from an element of mathematical skill without needing an A-level in Mathematics.

Such subjects might include Psychology, Sciences, Geography, Business and ICT as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September