Many of the subjects studied in Colleges and Sixth Forms rely on sound mathematical skills and knowledge. This often involves knowing how to applysimple but powerful mathematical ideas in practical settings; for example, knowing how to analyse and interpret the results of a survey or being able to make sensible estimates when solving practical problems. For 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 useful and relevant for students following a wide range of courses. Topics that can be covered in Core Maths courses include:
- Numerical Computation, including standard form, ratios and percentages, measurement, estimation, and rates of change;
- Statistics, including averages, variation, and tests of significance;
- Probability, including using and understanding simulations, theoretical calculations and risk;
- Algebra, including using formulae and solving 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, http://www.core-maths.org. You may also wish to discuss the possibility of following a Core Maths course with mathematics staff at your school or college.