Core Mathematics is a NEW level 3 qualification for students who wish to undertake the further study of mathematics but who do not want to follow the A Level mathematics course.
“Why do I need to know this?” Have you ever asked that in a Maths lesson?
Do you want to learn the maths that people use every day in businesses and universities around the world?
Study Core Maths!
The NEW Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving is designed to enable learners to strengthen and develop the mathematical knowledge and skills they have learnt at GCSE so that they can apply them to the problems that they will encounter in their other Level 3 courses, further study, life and employment.
All students will study some Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Problem Solving.
In Quantitative Reasoning, learners are taught to use a modelling cycle, a statistical problem solving cycle and a financial problem solving cycle. They are also taught to use spreadsheets to work on a variety of problems.
Quantitative Reasoning includes the following content:
• Use of spreadsheets
• Modelling and estimation
• Statistical problem solving – mainly with GCSE techniques
• Financial problem solving- including percentages and foreign exchange
• Exponential growth, standard form, logarithmic scales on graphs
• Graphs and gradient as rate of change
• Probability and risk
Statistical Problem Solving is particularly suitable for future students of psychology, geography and other subjects which make extensive use of statistical techniques. By extending your understanding of statistical problem solving, you will develop a powerful and confident approach to working with real data and interpreting your results.
In Statistical Problem Solving, learners use spreadsheets and the statistical problem solving cycle to analyse authentic statistical problems arising from a variety of work, life and study related contexts. They are introduced to more sophisticated statistical techniques and so are able to address a wider range of problems. Learners are expected to work with large, real data sets during the course and familiarity with the contexts involved in one such data set will be expected in the examination.
Core Maths is taught over 1 year and is assessed in May of Year 12.
The course will be assessed through two equally weighted examinations at the end of Year 12. Each examination is 2 hours long and a calculator may be used.
Paper 1 (72 marks) will assess QUANTITIVE REASONING
Paper 2 (60 marks) will assess STATISTICAL PROBLEM SOLVING.
Being the same size as an old AS level qualification, you do achieve UCAS points equivalent to half an A Level. However, the true value of this course lies in the skills you learn. Being able to competently use a spreadsheet, interpret statistics and do some maths that your peers have forgotten from GCSE will make you more attractive to both universities and employers.
It marries perfectly with the study of any physical, natural or social science at A Level and beyond.
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