Core Mathematics AS Level

Core Maths is a new Level 3 course for students who achieve a Grade 5 or above at GCSE Maths. The qualification is designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of work study and life. Core Maths builds on GCSE maths with a sharper focus on problem solving skills by considering and tackling mathematics in meaningful contexts. This includes financial applications of mathematics as well as further statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects they will be studying such as Psychology, Health Sciences, Geography, Sociology and even History.

The course has been developed with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for higher education and employment.

Course Content

Compulsory content:

  1. Analysis of data
  2. Maths for personal finance
  3. Estimation
  4. Critical Analysis of given data and models

Optional content:

  1. The normal distribution
  2. Probabilities and estimation
  3. Correlation and regression
  4. Critical path and risk analysis
  5. Expectation
  6. Cost benefit analysis
  7. Graphical methods
  8. Rates of change
  9. Exponential functions

Key Facts

  • Course Level This course is taught across two years and is equivalent to an AS level qualification.
  • Assessment Breakdown 100% examination. Two written examination papers, 1 hour and 30 minutes per paper.
  • Assessor AQA
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9, Grade 5+ in Mathematics GCSE
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE