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Core Mathematics

Subject Mission Statement

We believe that everyone can succeed in mathematics and our aim is for all students to develop their confidence in maths and share in our passion for the subject. Core Maths allows this to continue for those students not taking AS/A Level mathematics. This gives them confidence in understanding the mathematical content in other courses they are taking. It helps them become better informed citizens, able to make sense of the information they will be presented with in employment, further study or later life. 


This course looks at Mathematical topics related to everyday life. It focuses on using and applying maths, and includes ideas and skills that support maths in other courses, such as: interpreting solutions in the context of the problem, understanding sources of error and bias when problem-solving, working with data, understanding risk and probability, understanding variation in statistics and using exponential functions to model growth and decay. Specific topics covered in this course include: percentage change, interpretation of graphs, financial maths, Standard deviation, correlation, knowing it does not imply causation, making and evaluating assumptions when modelling or problem solving and probability, risk assessment and venn diagrams. The course is covered over 1-year and students take the exam in the summer of Year 12. They have 3 lessons a week throughout year 12 to prepare for this. Mock examinations are taken in January.

KS5 Intent Statement

We believe that 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 Level Mathematics. 

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: Mathematics in Context (Level 3 Core Maths)
Qualification Specification Code: 7MC0
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements, plus minimum Mathematics GCSE grade 5.

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows: • Paper 1: Comprehension – source booklet/data given in advance of the examination (60 marks) • Paper 2: Applications (80 marks)

Possible Career Paths

Pathways: This qualification helps support the following A Levels, University courses and careers: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Business Studies. This qualification is equivalent to half an A Level and contributes UCAS points when applying for University. 

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