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Core Maths - Maths in Context

Core Maths


Edexcel – Mathematics in Context


Qualification type:

Level 3 Core Maths (Equivalent to an AS Level)


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

Maths 4


Subject description:

Core Maths is for the student who wants to continue to develop their mathematical skills and understanding but does not wish to take A Level maths.


The qualification focuses on applying mathematics to solve problems relevant to everyday life. Skills developed will be able to be used in other A Level qualifications such as biology, physics, chemistry, psychology, geography, business, economics, computing and psychology. Core Maths can also help prepare students for degree courses that have an underlying reliance on mathematical skills. The content of the course will consist of four main areas of study.

  • Application of statistics

Statistics is the study of the collection, organisation, analysis, presentation and interpretation of data.

It plays an increasingly important role in life, study and employment in a wide variety of contexts. Statistics is used in areas of study such as actuarial science, biology, business and economics, IT and psychology.

  • Probability

Probability is the study of the chance or risk of events happening. Probability theory has made significant contributions to almost all branches of science and engineering over the last 100 years.  Probability is used in areas of study such as finance, science, artificial intelligence, business, computer science and philosophy.

  • Linear Programming

This is a problem-solving approach to achieve the best outcome (such as maximum profit or lowest cost) through consideration of conditions that can be modelled by linear relationships. Linear programming can be applied to a variety of contexts in business and industry.

  • Sequences and Growth

A mathematical understanding of sequences, growth and decay can be applied to a variety of problem- solving tasks and real-life contexts, including financial mathematics, population growth, epidemics, earthquakes and radioactive decay.


How the course is assessed:

There will be two examination papers at the end of the course to assess all the content:

  • Paper 1 – Comprehension 1 hr 40 min
  • Paper 2 – Applications 1 hr 40 min


Post-18 opportunities:

Mathematical skills are relied upon on a day-to-day basis in both further study and employment. Core Maths will be able to help students develop these mathematical skills in order to become comfortable in dealing with a wide range of problems. Core Maths can help prepare students for the mathematical demands of a variety of university courses.


Teacher responsible:   Mr J Brooks.