Students who are looking to study STEM subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Engineering) will also pick up Core Maths as an AS level in their first year.
To support students’ learning on some of the toughest courses, it is important that students are developing their Maths if they are not already studying Maths A level. The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education. Most students who study mathematics after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.
Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. What students’ study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis, whether in work, study or life. Core Maths courses will include a financial mathematics element and can help with other A level subjects, in particular with science, engineering and psychology.
Mathematical skills are becoming increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education - studying Core Maths will help students to keep up these essential skills. This course will only be studied for 1 year in Y12 and students will be entered for an examination in June of Y12. There will be fewer lessons than their usual subjects, with Core Maths being run on 3-4 lessons over 2 weeks.