Core Maths

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

Core mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real- life mathematics skills. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial mathematics element. It will also help with other A level subjects, in particular with Science, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology and Economics. 

The skills developed in the study of Mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Mathematics will help you keep up these essential skills. Most students who study Mathematics after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their potential earnings.

What will I learn on this course?

There are two main units on the course, the first focusing in financial mathematics, estimation, representing data and tax, and a second which focuses on statistics.

You will also learn important skills including:

  • the ability to reason logically and recognise incorrect reasoning
  • the ability to model and solve real-world mathematical problems
  • communication skills
  • taking responsibility for your own learning
  • using technology effectively and recognise its limitations

Examinations & Coursework

100% External Examination 

Potential career paths

Employers from all different sectors are firmly behind the Core Mathematics qualification. Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Mathematics will equip you with these skills. Students currently studying Core Mathematics have also found it gives them confidence to better understand the mathematical requirements in other courses, such as Psychology, Geography, Accountancy, Economics, Biology, Forensics, Business Studies and Music.

Enrichment opportunities

Core Mathematics students can attend external lectures, visit university departments, work with younger students in class and in clubs to develop their confidence in Mathematics and support an EPQ with a mathematical focus.