Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

Course Leader:

Mr I White –

Exam board: AQA
Guidance: Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths
Course Start Date: 09/2024
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

The course is intended for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or better, but who have not chosen to study AS or A level Mathematics. It is designed to equip learners to develop and apply real-world maths skills, and progress to university, employment, or higher apprenticeships.

Studying Core Maths helps students develop their quantitative and problem-solving skills. This is valuable preparation for the quantitative skills they will need for many degree courses, particularly subjects such as psychology, geography, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that do not require AS/A Mathematics.

It’s also supported by employers and universities. The course is equal in size to an AS level qualification and are graded A-E. It has the same number of UCAS tariff points as an AS level qualification.


Paper 1: Compulsory unit (90 minutes) 50% of qualification
Analysis of data
Maths for personal finance

Paper 2: Optional unit (90 minutes) 50% of qualification
Critical analysis of given data and models
The normal distribution
Probabilities and estimation
Correlation and regression

What can I do with this qualification?

Students intending to study mathematics at degree level should consider taking Further Mathematics at AS or A Level.

What degree courses could this lead to?

  • Engineering (essential)
  • Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Medicine
  • Business / Finance
  • Social Sciences

What careers could this course lead to?

  • Engineer
  • Accountant
  • Data analyst
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Scientist
  • Architect
  • Software engineer

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