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Core Mathematics (AQA Level 3)

Welcome to Core Mathematics (Level 3) at Kingsmead!

Core Maths is intended for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or better, but who have not chosen to study AS or A level Mathematics. It can be studied in a single year or over a two-year period and can be taken alongside A levels or other qualifications, including vocational courses. Due to the comprehension skills required, a grade 4 or above in either English Language or English Literature is recommended.

Exam Board/Spec: AQA Level 3 

Method of Assessment:

The course consists of two 1 hour 30 minute papers. Paper 1 covers compulsory content including personal finance; data analysis; estimation and critical analysis. Paper 2 contains questions from content covering either statistical techniques; critical path and risk analysis or graphical techniques. Optional content can be chosen to reflect and complement strengths and subject choices of the cohort.

Subject Content:

This qualification consolidates students’ mathematical understanding, builds confidence and competence in applying mathematical techniques to solve a range of problems and introduces students to new techniques and concepts that will prepare them for further study and future employment within a broad range of academic, professional and technical fields. Core mathematics should be considered by those students who want to continue with some Mathematical education, but not to A Level, as well as those choosing A Level psychology, business, sciences and geography, as well as technical and vocational courses.

Where can it take me:

Studying Core Maths is valuable preparation for the quantitative skills students will need for many degree courses, particularly subjects such as psychology, geography, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that do not require AS/A Mathematics.


To find out more information, please contact Ms Pedley-Whittingham (l.pedley-whittingham@kingsmeadschool.net), Mrs Peacock (k.peacock@kingsmeadschool.net) or m.cavanagh@kingsmeadschool.net

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