Maths (Core)

Core Maths will extend your knowledge of mathematics beyond GCSE and is an excellent accompaniment to subjects with a mathematical element. Core Maths will help you understand and solve real-life maths problems, analyse and interpret mathematical information and deal with everyday finance. There is the opportunity to choose optional content which best suits the courses you are studying (or planning on studying at university. If you are more interested in Social Sciences (eg Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Politics, Music Tech) then you can opt for more Statistical Techniques. If you are interested in Business and Management (Economics, Business, IT, Computing) then you can look at risk analysis and algorithms. Finally, if you are studying the Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) then you can opt for graphical techniques. Other subjects not mentioned may also be supported by the study of Core Maths.

Grade 4 GCSE in Maths.
Written Examinations
Core Maths is valuable preparation for many different courses and jobs, particularly those that require some numeracy skills. Universities say that they prefer students to have continued to study Maths after GCSE before starting their degrees: "Russell Group universities value mathematics skills for many different degree courses and many have GCSE or equivalent requirements. Mathematical and statistical problem solving, data analysis and interpretation skills can be useful for a wide variety of undergraduate degrees, and a Core Maths qualification may help you to improve and maintain these skills, especially if you are not taking A Level Maths", Joint statement from Russell Group Universities. Where AS/A Level Maths is required for a particular university course, Core Maths is not a suitable alternative. However, it does support and enhance the mathematical skills you will be learning in your other subjects. Core Maths also provides UCAS points equivalent to an AS qualifications
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An Overview of Core Maths