Support for BIOLOGY


Fields as diverse as Ecology and Genetics make extensive use of mathematics, and most areas of Biology now rely on mathematics to an increasing extent. For Biology students not studying mathematics at A-Level, the new Core Maths course provides an essential background of mathematical experience and confidence.

Core Maths is a Level 3 mathematics course for students in post-16 education who have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above but are not taking A-level Mathematics. Core Maths qualifications are offered by various awarding bodies, with a variety of content and assessment styles to suit all needs. All of the courses are designed to help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical understanding, using mathematics to solve meaningful and relevant problems, and better preparing them for further study, employment and life.

Core Maths is recognised by UCAS, equivalent to an AS level course. Its focus on using and applying mathematics and statistics in the world of work and further study makes it especially useful and relevant for students of A or AS Level Biology. Topics that can be covered in Core Maths courses include:

  • Numerical Computation, including standard form, ratios and percentages, estimation, growth and decay
  • Statistics, including averages, variation, and tests of significance;
  • Probability, including using and understanding simulations, theoretical calculations and risk;
  • Algebra, including using formulae and solving algebraic equations;
  • Graphs, including time-series graphs and linear relationships, with interpretation of gradients and intercepts.

You can find further information about Core Maths on our website, You may also wish to discuss the possibility of following a Core Maths course with mathematics staff at your school or college.