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Course overview

This course is an ideal addition to the programme of any driven and committed Level 3 learner.

Alongside your complete Level 3 programme you have the chance to extend your mathematics skills beyond GCSE and gain an AS qualification which is recognised and sought after by universities and employers. Core Mathematics cleverly supports topics within the Sciences, Economics, Business, Accounting, Computing, Psychology and many more subjects.

Entry requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above.

Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. 

Topics you will study

Sampling and presenting data Maths for personal finance

Estimation and mathematical modelling

Critical analysis

Normal distribution

Confidence intervals

Regression and correlation

Key features

Core Mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real-life 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 maths element. It will also help with other A Level subjects, in particular with Science subjects, Computer Science, Business, Psychology, Accounting 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 and give you a competitive advantage.

On average, students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earnings prospects.


This course is assessed by two exams at the end of the year. 

Paper 1: Compulsory content

Paper 2: Statistical techniques

Exam Board: AQA

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is an expectation to complete a one-week work placement in the Summer term.

Why choose B6?

Not all colleges offer the opportunity for students to take this additional qualification in their first year of study. By studying this Level 3 Certificate, you will gain a competitive advantage for both university entrance and employment.

Future career opportunities

Core Mathematics will support any university undergraduate course, apprenticeship or employment application and will demonstrate your commitment to further developing your mathematical skill set.

Additional information

If you are studying Science, Computing, Business, Accounting, Economics, Geography or Social Sciences then this qualification will support your course.

Salma Farah

Salma Farah

Now attending: The University of Oxford - Worcester College studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Previous school:
Bolton Islamic Girls’ School

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