Mathematics Core

CORE Mathematics

(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Mathematical Studies)


At Malton School, we offer the Level 3 AQA Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) qualification. This
can be taken over one year.

This course helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as
A Level Psychology, Science and Geography, in addition to technical and vocational qualifications.

As well as linking into other subject areas, Core Maths also gives the opportunity for students to
work on finance topics such as interest rates, bank accounts, mortgages and calculating taxes.

Studying Core Maths helps students develop their quantitative and problem-solving skills. This is
valuable preparation for the quantitative skills they will need for many degree courses, particularly
subjects such as psychology, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science
courses that do not require A Level Mathematics.


Core Maths is intended for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or better, but
who have not chosen to study A Level Mathematics. It can be studied in a single year and be taken
alongside A Levels or other qualifications, including vocational courses.


Core Maths is assessed with 2 exams at the end of the course.
Paper 1 covers the following topics:
1. Analysis of data
2. Maths for personal finance
3. Estimation
Paper 2 covers the following topics:
4. Critical analysis of given data and models
5. The normal distribution
6. Probabilities and estimation
7. Correlation and regression
Each paper is 1hr 30 and has 60 marks available. Calculators are allowed for both exams and
throughout the teaching of the course.