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Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

Our Subject

If you’d like to extend your study of Mathematics beyond GCSE but are more interested in supporting other subjects than learning theoretical ideas, this course is for you. The emphasis in this subject is in interpreting real, relevant information such as house prices, scientific graphs and tables, financial investment and taxation. Lessons will utilise ICT in the form of laptops, iPads and calculators to enhance your understanding of Mathematics.

To study Mathematical Studies at Bilborough, you need a grade C/4 or above in Maths GCSE and C/4 in English. The course is equivalent to an AS Level and is part of a national strategy to increase numbers of students taking Maths beyond GCSE. The course studied over two years.

Our links with HE

Please note that although A-level Use of Mathematics carries the same UCAS points as the traditional A-level Mathematics, it is not suitable if you wish to study for a degree with heavy Mathematical content, such as Physics, Engineering, Economics or Mathematics itself. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of this course for you and your future plans, please ask – we want to give you the best advice.

We aim to give you the best possible footing for university and your future career with enrichment opportunities and CV-enhancing experiences. Each year we run a trip to Maths Inspiration, for example, where students have the opportunity to, as the organisers put it, “experience the UK’s most inspiring maths speakers live, in big venues, presenting mathematics in the context of exciting, real-world situations”. Presentations have intriguing titles such as ‘Rollercoasters: Designed To Thrill’, ‘From Pepsi to Peace Deals’ and ‘The Friendship Paradox of Facebook’.

Course Structure

This new course was launched in September 2015 and is examined through two question papers.

Paper 1 involves looking at how to collect, analyse, interpret and present data. The topics include maths for personal finance, loans, savings and investments, tax, inflation and National Insurance. You will study how to model information mathematically by making simplifications and how to use models to make predictions.

Paper 2 will involve analysing data models and report writing. e.g. looking at information given in a table and picking out the weaknesses of the presentation, suggesting improvements. You will also plot curves in real contexts and use them to find solutions e.g. examine the rate of inflation over several years.


Mathematical Studies will enhance your career choice and help you stand out from the crowd. The qualification is part of the new A-Level reforms

School Reform Minister Nick Gibb said:

“Strong maths skills are an essential part of our plan for education and are also vitally important to our economy.”

“Only a fifth of pupils in England continue to study maths at any level after achieving a GCSE – the lowest of 24 developed countries.”

“Thanks to these new high-quality courses more pupils will be able to continue their study of maths, ensuring more young people leave education properly prepared for the demands of university, work and life in modern Britain.”

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