Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

Our Subject

If you are wanting to extend your study of Mathematics beyond GCSE but are not wanting to study a full A level in Maths, this course is for you! The emphasis in this Mathematical Studies is in the application that maths has to real life and includes interpreting mathematical information such as house prices, scientific graphs and tables, financial investment and taxation. Lessons will promote the use of 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 4 or above in Maths GCSE and grade 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.

Q: What is Maths Studies?

Maths studies – or Core Maths as it is also known – is a L3 qualification which is the equivalent of an AS level. It can be studied alongside 3 other A levels/BTECs – and the entry requirement is grade 4 at GCSE maths. It is a great option for anyone who wants to continue with some maths but doesn’t want to do the traditional Maths A level. Maths Studies covers real life maths – loans, tax, statistical modelling…

Our links with HE

We aim to give you the best possible footing for university and your future career choice. Maths Studies will develop problem solving skills and look at the application of maths to real life.

Alongside the teaching, we endeavour to give you enrichment and C.V.-enhancing opportunities.

Course Structure

This course was launched in September 2015 and is examined through two 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 these models to make predictions.

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


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”

“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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