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Core Maths - Maths in Context


AQA Mathematical Studies


Qualification type:

Level 3 Certificate (Equivalent to an AS Level)


Entry criteria (GCSE grades):

4 in Maths


Subject description:

Mathematical Studies consolidates and extends the mathematics learnt at GCSE. It is designed for students who need mathematical skills to support their other subjects. Students apply statistical thinking and use spreadsheets to solving problems in a variety of contexts. Skills developed will be able to be used in other A Level qualifications such as biology, physics, chemistry, business, economics, computing and psychology.


Mathematical Studies is particularly suitable for future students of psychology, geography and other subjects which make extensive use of statistical techniques. The content of Mathematical Studies requires understanding and application of: modelling, statistics, finance, risk, statistical problem solving and the use of technology.


How the course is assessed:

There will be two examination papers at the end of the course. Both are equally weighted and 90 minuted duration.

1.  Finance, Estimation and Critical Analysis

2. Statistical problem solving


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 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 mathematical demands of a variety of university courses.


Teacher responsible:   Mr A Gemmell