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  • 1. I am new to Core Maths and would like to find out more information about it. Where can I go for this?

    The Core Maths website has a wide range of information to help you get started. Have a good look around the site and you should hopefully find what you are looking for. Alternatively, contact your local maths hub www.mathshubs.org.uk
  • 2. I want to start teaching Core Maths and want help with finding resources. Where can I find these?

    Please visit the resources area of the Core Maths website. Here you will find a variety of resources to help you. Resources are organised by topic to make it easier to find them. The websites of the separate awarding organisations also have support materials and specimen papers. The relevant Awarding Organisation pages can be accessed from here.
  • 3. Where can I find tips from others who have already started teaching Core Maths?

    Please visit the Teachers page of our website. Here you will find a wealth of information for teachers including a short video giving top tips for teaching Core Maths.
  • 4. Which Awarding Organisations offer Core Maths qualifications?

    There are a range of Awarding Organisations offering the qualification. You will find details of these by clicking on the link above which in turn will take you to the individual sites of each Awarding Organisation.
  • 5. How can I find assessment material for Core Maths?

    The Awarding Organisations have prepared some assessment material for their Core Maths qualifications which can be found on their respective websites.
  • 6. How is it examined? Will there be any coursework?

    The first Core Maths examinations will take place in summer 2016. The Eduqas Core Maths qualification (Mathematics for Work and Life) is the only Core Maths qualification that includes coursework. Most of the awarding organisations have pre-release materials for their examination.
  • 7. What technology would I need to deliver the course?

    Familiarity with a spreadsheet for financial and modelling applications is assumed throughout the course. Schools and Colleges have found it really useful to have access to laptops, computers or tablet technology in order to be able to use spreadsheets and to access the internet. Use of Autograph, Geogebra and the Desmos graph plotting programme have been found useful along with advanced scientific calculators. While all Awarding Organisations encourage the use of spreadsheets only City and Guilds allow student to use a laptop spreadsheet in their examination.
  • 8. Who should study Core Maths?

    Core Maths is a Level 3 course aimed at students aged 16 or over who have achieved a Grade C in GCSE and have chosen not to study AS or A level Mathematics. Students will benefit from a problem solving approach that contextualises the mathematics in meaningful situations. Collaboration is also encouraged. Studying Core Maths will benefit a range of other subjects, both academic and vocational and better equip students for future study, employment and life.
  • 9. What other courses does Core Maths complement?

    The UK Government’s aim is that the vast majority of eligible students study maths to the age of 18 by 2020 .Students currently studying Core Maths have found it gives them confidence to better understand the mathematical requirements in other courses both A levels and BTEC courses such as psychology, geography, accountancy, economics, biology, forensics, business studies and music!
  • 10. What incentives are there for the students studying Core Maths?

    Through studying Core Maths, students will develop problem solving skills to help them in study, work and everyday life. Core Maths helps with study in other subject areas. The qualification offers a suitable progression pathway in mathematics for students who have passed GCSE but who might struggle with the demands of A level (something that has not previously been available). With UCAS points equivalent to an AS level the qualification will help with Higher Education entry and is attractive to and endorsed by employers. Studying Core Maths provides an opportunity to develop a much greater understanding of personal finance and good understanding of statistics for an increasingly data rich world.
  • 11. If I’m not a mathematics teacher, will I struggle to teach Core Maths?

    Ideally the teaching of Core Maths in any post-16 provider should be led by a qualified mathematics teacher. However teaching Core Maths is different from teaching traditional GCSE or A-Level, with most lessons enriched with context from many different areas of study. Whether you ordinarily teach Business Studies, Economics, Geography, Computer Science or Sport, you will have something to add to the lessons. The best Core Maths teaching is happening when the teacher is confident with the mathematics content, the problem solving approach and the context in which the mathematics is being used. Specialist teachers of other subjects can be a real asset. Look out for the teacher subject specialist training TSST from www.gov.uk and the Core Maths Masters subject support.
  • 12. I would like to look at examples of other centres who have already started to teach Core Maths. Where can I find these?

    You can find a range of case studies on the Core Maths website. There are examples from schools and colleges who are already teaching Core Maths that offer a wealth of information for you.
  • 13. I would like to start teaching Core Maths to as many pupils as possible and embed it into the curriculum from September 2016. How have other centres achieved this?

    There are a number of centres where already the majority of eligible students are studying Core Maths and some where Core Maths is obligatory. An example of one centre that is teaching Core Maths at scale is on the Core Maths website. Here you can find out more about the approach that was taken and how Core Maths is timetabled into the curriculum.
  • 14. Where can I find out about timetabling for Core Maths?

    The case studies give an indication of how Core Maths is timetabled in different settings. A further document describing timetabling arrangements in various settings will appear on the website shortly.
  • 15. Where can I find more about the number of guided learning hours for Core Maths?

    You can find out more about this by reading the Core Maths Technical Guidance document produced by the DfE. The suggested allocation of 180 guided learning hours is consistent with that allocated for an AS award.
  • 16. Do employers recognise and value Core Maths?

    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. Find out more about what employers have to say about Core Maths.
  • 17. How important is Core Maths for students hoping to go to University?

    Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in support of it recognising thet ore Maths could be beneficial to students considering making an application to a range of degree subjects in the social sciences, business, and health sciences, for example. Subjects like history and Geography recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university.
  • 18. How many UCAS points is Core Maths worth?

    Core Maths is a level 3 qualification and carries the same points as an AS level. See table below: Grade Points (old tariff) Points (new tariff) A 60 20 B 50 16 C 40 12 D 30 10 E 20 6
  • 19. Are there any universities that have clearly stated that Core Maths will be part of an offer of a place?

    Universities are increasing endorsing and recognising the value of Core Maths. The following statement from Loughborough universities indicates the value that universities place on this new qualification, ‘We support the ethos behind the introduction of this new qualification in that it may be beneficial to a range of degree subjects that do not generally ask for A Level Mathematics but where enhanced numerical or statistical skills may be helpful. For this reason, we encourage applicants to consider taking this qualification where practical.’ With UCAS points equivalent to an AS level Core Maths will count towards a points offer for HE entrance. Some universities are already including Core Maths in their university offers.

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