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AQA Course Specification

Entry Requirements

This is ideally suited to students who studied Higher tier Mathematics in Year 11 who secured a minimum of Level 4.

Why choose Core Maths?

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is a new qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE. It is available as an AS only and is studied in one year.

Core Maths helps to develop students' mathematical skills and thinking. It supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

It is also a good option for students who wish to continue their study of mathematics without taking on the mainstream full A level course.

The course is relevant to real life, modern, accessible to students and applies to all careers.

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What will I learn in Year 12 and how will it be assessed?

This is taught as a one year course.

Paper One - 90 minutes, 60 marks, 50% of assessment

This is the compulsory part of the course.

  • Analysis of data
  • Maths for personal finance
  • Estimation
  • Analysis of data including spreadsheets and tabular data

Paper Two - 90 minutes, 60 marks, 50% of assessment

EITHER Statistical Techniques (the normal distribution, probabilities and correlation)
OR Critical Path Analysis (including expectation and cost benefit analysis)
OR Graphical Techniques (including rates of change and exponential graphs)

No coursework.

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How will I learn?

You will learn through:

  • teacher-led exposition;
  • use of graphical calculators;
  • online support material; independent learning.
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Students will learn and apply real-world maths skills which will be useful in a wide range of future courses and careers.

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