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Core Mathematics level 3 – C6995

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Course Overview

This course is designed for students aged 16 + who aren’t continuing with another post-GCSE maths course. It focuses on key components of mathematics, as well as relating these to real-life problems, enabling you to retain, deepen and extend your mathematical understanding. You will learn to use mathematics to solve meaningful and relevant problems and prepare you for university, academic or vocational learning, employment and life.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course is built around mathematical activities that reflect real-world problems. These problems will not only reinforce your learning at GCSE but also create an opportunity to extend your learning into new areas. Twenty per cent of the course content will be from sources other than GCSE mathematics such as A-Level and AS-Level mathematics. There are four main themes: 1. understanding personal finance (saving, earning, spending, borrowing, protecting money and solving financial problems); 2. understanding commerce (transportation networks, optimising routes [critical path analysis], making decisions and simulations); 3. understanding chance (thinking about chance, permutations and combinations, discrete random variables, binomial distribution, normal distribution); 4. understanding data (generating data, picturing distributions with graphs, describing distributions with numbers, the normal distribution, describing relationships: scatter graphs and correlation, describing relationships: regression, prediction and causation).

Entry Requirements

You must be over 16 and currently enrolled on a Leicester College course to study Core Mathematics. The qualification is suitable for those with a grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths (or equivalent), who are not taking AS/A level maths or a level 3 International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics certificate as part of their 16-18 study programme.

How you will be assessed

The assessment consists of two written external assessment papers in May/June 2020. You are required to undertake both papers in the same series. You must achieve enough marks from across the external assessment papers to gain the Core Maths Certificate level 3.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

You could progress to a range of higher education courses and/or employment, across a broad range of fields. For example, the inclusion of decision mathematics and statistics as well as graphical techniques will prepare you for careers in management, finance, business, engineering, manufacturing, health and social care, science, geographical studies, agriculture, operational research and industry, as well as preparing you for further educational study. The qualification will attract the following UCAS points, grade A = 20, grade B = 16, grade C = 12, grade D = 10 and grade E = 6.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

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