Core Maths

Core Maths at Rainhill Sixth Form is a relatively new Level 3 qualification enabling students to develop their mathematics skills and gain UCAS points towards an application to university. The course sits within the A-level programme but is equivalent to an AS level qualification.
Course Aims
The course not only supports your work in other subjects involving maths content at A Level, but is also designed to deepen and extend your mathematics and be better prepared for higher education and employment.
Entry Requirements
Core Maths is ideal for students who want to go into nursing, teaching or in fact any path where being numerically confident is helpful. It is worth the same UCAS points as an AS Level. This course is specifically for those students who are NOT studying A Level Maths and who do not require Maths for their chosen course of study at university. Universities are very keen that students have continued their studies beyond GCSE level, particularly if you want to study courses such as Geography, Business Studies, Science subjects or those which rely on analysing statistics.
AQA – Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies. The course carries a similar weighting to an AS level qualification.
Awarding Body
AQA – Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies. The course carries a similar weighting to an AS level qualification.
Assessment is based on two written papers which carry an equal weighting. Each paper will have a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes.

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