Huddersfield New College
Core Maths (Certificate in Mathematical Studies)

Specific requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths.

What will I study?

Many students want to keep their Maths going beyond GCSE but don’t want to commit to taking an A Level in the subject: Core Maths allows you to do just that!

Core Maths is equal to an AS Level, and for most students is the most natural next step after GCSE. On this course, you will study topics that may be useful to your other studies, or your life beyond college:

• Interest rates, loans and mortgages

• National insurance and taxation

• Understanding inflation and exchange rates

• Using statistics to analyse and interpret data

• Mathematical modelling, using reasonable assumptions

• Techniques of estimation

• Using software like Excel

• Using Critical Path Analysis to plan projects, e.g. in business and logistics

• Understanding probability and risk, e.g. in insurance

Core Maths is a new qualification which is designed for post-16 students with a GCSE grade 4 or above who want to continue studying mathematics but not at AS or A Level. At Huddersfield New College we follow the specification produced by AQA entitled Mathematical Studies.

The new Core Maths qualification will help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical skills and be better prepared for higher education and employment. Core Maths will help them to understand and apply clear, mathematical reasoning to real-life problems, analyse and interpret data in various contexts, and confidently deal with everyday financial maths.

Core Maths is a Level 3 qualification which will qualify for the same UCAS points as an AS Level.

Course Content

Students will take the qualification over two years.

Year 1

Some important topics from GCSE will be revisited. A variety of calculations from different subject areas relying on confident use of percentages will be performed. Students will learn about the collection, analysis and graphical representation of data whilst also looking at financial calculations relating to income tax, mortgages and loans. Critical Path Analysis will be used to plan complex tasks and the basic theory of probability will be studied.

Year 2

Students will learn Fermi estimation. This is a technique used to find fast, rough estimates of quantities which are either difficult or impossible to measure directly. Spreadsheets will be used to perform further financial calculations, such as those involving interest rates. Cost benefit analysis will be applied to problems where there is an element of uncertainty, and students will learn how to critically evaluate data.


The course is assessed by two 90 minute exams held at the end of the second year.

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