Core Maths is for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but who are not planning on taking A-level Mathematics. The Course enables students to maintain and develop real-life mathematics skills. What you will study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life.
Core Maths is available as a one year course (Core Maths accelerated).
Core Maths is the equivalent to an AS-level and so should be taken alongside 3 additional full A-levels or BTEC equivalents.
You will take two terminal examinations. The exams will include questions based on material released approximately two months prior to the exam.
Core Maths is part of a wider initiative to improve Maths in England. Selected Sixth Form Colleges (including St Brendan’s) and schools were asked to pilot the course in 2014 and it has been available in all schools and colleges since September 2015. In 2020 just under 12,000 thousand students in England took the qualification.
Approximately 20% of students study maths beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan this figure is 85 per cent. This puts young people in the UK at a major disadvantage in a global job market. The UK government wants this to change and has put in place a plan to encourage more students to carry on studying maths after GCSE. The aim is to ensure that the vast majority of all students in post-16 education continue to study some form of mathematics.
Studying Core Maths will help you keep up essential skills that are increasingly important in the workplace and higher education. On average, students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earnings prospects. Universities and employers are increasingly looking at this qualification as evidence of confidence and resilience when dealing with data, budget management and problem-solving.
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