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Core Maths

What is Core Maths?

Core Maths is a Level 3 qualification in Quantitative Problem Solving (QPS) for students with a GCSE grade 5 and above who want to continue to studying maths but not at AS/A Level.

The course emphasises and encourages these key outcomes: 

  • Sound understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and techniques from GCSE and beyond
  • Competency in interpreting and explaining solutions to problems in context 
  • Confidence in applying mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in a range of new and unfamiliar contexts to solve real-life problems 
  • Fluency in procedural skills, common problem-solving skills and strategies.
Why should I study Core Maths at Tapton?

The course has been designed to maintain and develop real-life skills. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and the course will include a financial maths element.

It is designed to help with other A-level subjects – in particular with Science, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology and Economics. The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; Core Maths will help you keep up with these essential skills.

On average, students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning prospects.

Will it be recognised by Universities and Employers?

This qualification is designed to support post-16 learners with the mathematical and statistical needs of their further study of other subjects, as well as for employment and everyday life. Universities have come out in strong support of it. Even subjects like history now recognise the importance of statistics and so this qualification will help you hit the ground running at university.

The course will carry the same number of UCAS points as an AS qualification.

Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Maths qualification. Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.

What will I study?
  • Modelling 
  • Statistics for data analysis 
  • Statistical problem solving (SPS) 
  • Finance 
  • Risk 
  • Estimation Skills 
  • The use of technology – in particular, using spreadsheets.
What are the entry requirements?

GCSE 5 in Maths and above

What other subjects link well?

Science, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology, Economics, History amongst many others. 

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How will I be assessed?

There are two components: 

1. Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning – 2 hour written paper (50%)
2. Statistical Problem Solving  – 2 hour written paper (50%).