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AQA Mathematical Studies Level 3 Certificate

Core Maths post-16 qualification

AQA Mathematical Studies Level 3 Certificate

Core Maths post-16 qualification

AQA Mathematical Studies has been specifically developed for AQA's new Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) qualification.

Providing detailed coverage of the specification in just one book, AQA Mathematical Studies has been written by authoritative and experienced authors, with an excellent understanding of the new qualification.

  • Student Book approved by AQA
  • Accompanying Workbook also available
  • Builds students' confidence and fluency in applying and extending their GCSE maths knowledge
  • Direct links to Mymaths.co.uk resources and support
  • All-round support for students and teachers, including free online teacher notes to help with planning and delivering lessons
  • Engaging contexts relevant to a wide range of other post-16 subjects
  • Clear, colourful spread-based layout
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Free resources from AQA Mathematical Studies - Practice Papers

AQA Mathematical Studies Practice Papers

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Exam practice papers, mark schemes, preliminary material and stats tables (zip)

AQA Mathematical Studies Practice Papers

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Exam practice papers, mark schemes, preliminary material and stats tables (zip)

AQA Mathematical Studies Practice Papers

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Exam practice papers, mark schemes, preliminary material and stats tables (zip)

Core Maths Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Core Maths?

    'Core Maths' is a collective noun forĀ a set of brand new qualifications aimed at post-16 students who have achieved at least a grade C in GCSE maths. The qualifications allow students to carry on with maths beyond GCSE, as an alternative to A Level. The result of the 2-year course is a Level 3 qualification, similar to an AS.

  • What will the content of the course be?

    The Core Maths courses offered by various awarding bodies are all quite different to each other. However, the content for each qualification is approximately 80% GCSE knowledge and 20% at a higher level, mainly AS and A Level knowledge. The courses aim to develop maths skills by involving real-life contexts, such as finance and engineering, as well as a major emphasis on problem-solving. The courses can also be used as support for other post-16 subjects that require maths knowledge, such as Science, Geography, Business Studies, Psychology, Economics and Information Technology.

  • When is it happening?

    Core Maths has been widely available for first teaching since September 2015, with first examinations in Summer 2017. A limited pilot has been running from September 2014 with first examinations Summer 2016.

  • Who is offering the qualifications?

    The qualifications are going to be offered by the following exam boards under the following titles:

    • AQA - Mathematical Studies
    • City & Guilds - Using and Applying Mathematics
    • Edexcel - Mathematics in Context
    • Eduqas/WJEC - Mathematics for Work and Life
    • OCR - Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (H866)
    • OCR - Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (H867)

  • Will the qualifications be recognised by employers and universities?

    Yes. Many universities and employers have already shown support for the qualifications, and are encouraging students who are not looking to take a maths A Level to consider Core Maths as an alternative. Completing a Core Maths qualification will also provide up to 60 UCAS points towards university entrance, as well as counting towards the 16-19 performance accountability measure for schools.

  • Are there any resources available?

    Oxford University Press is publishing resources for AQA's Mathematical Studies specification including a Student Book and free online teacher resources. These are available now.

    The Core Maths Support Programme also offers resources to support this new qualification.

  • What if I'm a non-specialist teacher?

    There is lots of support available for non-maths teachers who may be looking to deliver the qualification. The AQA Mathematical Studies resources published by Oxford University Press have dedicated teacher notes to support lesson preparation, as well as dedicated Maths Skills resources for Business Studies, Economics and Science to support students doing Core Maths alongside their other subjects. There is also links to the popular MyMaths website to provide extra support and consolidation of maths skills.

  • Can I get started right away?

    Yes. All of our resources are now available. Please request your inspection copy of our Student Book today by emailing schools.orders.uk@oup.com.

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AQA Mathematical Studies Level 3 Certificate