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Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Level 3 (AQA) at Allerton High School

Course description

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. What students study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis, whether in work, study or life.

The course includes a financial mathematics element and can help with other A level subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, economics and psychology.

Mathematical skills are becoming increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education - studying Core Maths will help students to keep up these essential skills.

Course content

What is covered in Core Maths?

The emphasis of the course is in engaging with real-life mathematical applications so a lot of the course is about working through real-life scenarios.

The technical skills covered include: analysing data using statistical methods, personal finance (mortgages, savings, tax, loans, etc.), estimation, probability, correlation and regression.

Course Content


- Mortgages

- Savings

- Tax

- Loans

- Interest



- Sampling and bias

- Processing and presenting

- Comparing data sets

- Normal distribution

- Correlation and regression


Numerical analysis

- “Fermi” estimations

- Functional applications of maths

- Proportions and percentages



- Theoretical probability models

- Experimental probability and predictions

Entry requirements

You should have 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Maths with a grade 6 in Maths.


There are two 90-minute exam papers at the end of the two-year course.  Both papers will reference some pre-release materials which will be available around two months before the exam.

Through the course you will be assessed with exam-paper-like tests, as well as more open assignments which require you to research and present reports.

Further information

For further information please get in touch with Mr Ulrich-Oltean ( or Miss French (


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: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770