Core Mathematics
Level 3

Awarding Body: AQA

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (1 year – equivalent to 40% of an A level)

Course Description

PLEASE NOTE: Core Mathematics can support any other course, but you cannot take A level Mathematics with Core Mathematics

Core Mathematics helps to develop mathematical skills and supports courses such as Business Studies, Economics, Psychology and Biology, alongside vocational qualifications. This is an exciting and engaging new mathematics qualification that sits comfortably between GCSE and A level. It teaches students to use mathematical methods for real-life problem solving.

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths required.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

Within this course you will develop skills in various areas of mathematics. It will cover mathematics for personal finance, including student loans, tax and mortgages. You will study critical path analysis, which is a widely-used project management tool that uses network analysis to help project managers to handle complex and time-sensitive operations. You will also work with data, looking at a number of statistical diagrams and techniques. The course has two exams, both of which are taken at the end of the year.

Students need to have an understanding of, and interest in, numerical methods such as using percentages and fractions. They will be taught how to do various calculations involving percentages. It is also important to have an interest in using maths to help us understand the world. We will look at news stories and discuss how the maths we learn can help us to suggest improvements and make predictions about what might happen in the future.

100% exam

  • 50% Paper 1 (exam)
  • 50% Paper 2 (exam)

A calculator may be used in both exams.

Core Mathematics teaches mathematics for real life. For example, how to calculate tax and national insurance and how to work out your loan repayments. The E6 Programme offered by the College supports your learning and moves it into the world of work and some aspects of modern living. For example, E6 can also support your ideas to start your own business through the Unloc organisation (the college’s Enterprise Academy) and offer opportunities to build your confidence.

This course would be valuable for anyone who wanted to work in a finance-related career, or a career in which you need to be able to deal with data. It also supports anyone who aspires to set up their own business with help in understanding several key aspects of running a business.

There will be mock exams in the spring term. The final exams take place in May, just before half term.