Core Maths – Certificate in Mathematical Studies Level 3

The Core Maths qualification is for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above but have decided not to study A Level mathematics. The qualification strengthens students’ existing skills and focuses on applying mathematics to solve problems relevant to everyday life. It is about students doing meaningful mathematical problems to increase their confidence in using mathematics to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education and employment.

Core Maths builds on GCSE mathematics, with a sharper focus on problem-solving skills. Students will consider and tackle mathematics in meaningful contexts, including through financial applications and statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects. It helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.
The qualification is equivalent to an AS Level in terms of UCAS points and is increasingly welcomed by universities. Many roles in the workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills and Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.

  • Course Outline

      Core Maths is a new course which we will be offering in September 2018. It will be taught for two lessons per week over two years and will be additional to your three main subjects.

      The course is designed for students who require some mathematical literacy in their other subjects but do not wish to study an A level in mathematics or statistics. It is recognised by universities for courses which require a mathematics qualification beyond GCSE but do not require a full A level.

      The assessment will be two written examinations, each 2 hours long, at the end of the two years.

      We hope to follow the OCR Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) but this is subject to change.

  • Trips and Events
    • We run several trips for students, including

      • UKMT Senior Maths Challenge
      • Maths Inspiration Lecture
      • Maths Fest
      • Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw Lecture
      • Making Maths at Manchester
      • Problem Solving Course
      • Trip abroad
  • Useful Links

Entry Requirements 2019

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2019 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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