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What is core maths like

I’m planning to do biology , chemistry and English lit alongside with core maths (to help me with my sciences) and I was wondering if anyone has taken core maths and what is it like ? As I have looked around and not many people take it is it not worth anything to uni’s ? I’m guessing it’s kind of like the epq (how much it’s worth )
The Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies is a new Maths qualification for students who want to maintain and develop their valuable maths skills. At the end of the two-year course you will gain a Level 3 qualification similar to an AS which will be recognised by both universities and employers. The course will help and support the study of other subjects in particular Science, Geography, Business Studies and Economics.

All units are assessed by an examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework element. Calculators are not permitted in the Core Mathematics 1 examination but are allowed in the others.

UCAS POINTS:
A: 20
B: 16
C: 12
D: 10
E: 06

It is mostly about applying mathematics to a given context, or in other words, real world maths.
It's good to keep up your maths skills if you don't want to do A-Level mathematics.
I am planning to start this year, you will probably only have a few lessons a week since it not a very intense course
I would say take it and drop it after a week or two if you cant get along with the subject
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Original post by londonstudentuk
The Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies is a new Maths qualification for students who want to maintain and develop their valuable maths skills. At the end of the two-year course you will gain a Level 3 qualification similar to an AS which will be recognised by both universities and employers. The course will help and support the study of other subjects in particular Science, Geography, Business Studies and Economics.

All units are assessed by an examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework element. Calculators are not permitted in the Core Mathematics 1 examination but are allowed in the others.

UCAS POINTS:
A: 20
B: 16
C: 12
D: 10
E: 06

It is mostly about applying mathematics to a given context, or in other words, real world maths.
It's good to keep up your maths skills if you don't want to do A-Level mathematics.
I am planning to start this year, you will probably only have a few lessons a week since it not a very intense course
I would say take it and drop it after a week or two if you cant get along with the subject


Okay thanks so much , I really appreciate all the information you have just gave , it has really helped ! Good luck for your a levels :smile:
Original post by londonstudentuk
The Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies is a new Maths qualification for students who want to maintain and develop their valuable maths skills. At the end of the two-year course you will gain a Level 3 qualification similar to an AS which will be recognised by both universities and employers. The course will help and support the study of other subjects in particular Science, Geography, Business Studies and Economics.

All units are assessed by an examination of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is no coursework element. Calculators are not permitted in the Core Mathematics 1 examination but are allowed in the others.

UCAS POINTS:
A: 20
B: 16
C: 12
D: 10
E: 06

It is mostly about applying mathematics to a given context, or in other words, real world maths.
It's good to keep up your maths skills if you don't want to do A-Level mathematics.
I am planning to start this year, you will probably only have a few lessons a week since it not a very intense course
I would say take it and drop it after a week or two if you cant get along with the subject


my sixth form doesnt offer it but i feel it will help me in my a levels. im doing bio geo and eng lit. can u take the exam externally?
From my experience personally, it doesn't help with the sciences. I take chemistry and biology and core maths didn't have anything to do with what I was doing in my A levels. I took my AS in core maths this year and got a D as I didn't put any work in but it's up to you- I wouldn't of taken it if I had the choice :smile:
Tbh, I'm currently doing Core Maths (AQA) and it's all more based around business/economics stuff. It's not really relevant to Biology and Chemistry (which I do). However, I'm still taking it because if I get a grade B in it, I can apply for uni courses which ask for a grade 6 or 7 at GCSE Maths. So, if you didn't get a 6 or 7 in GCSE Maths, and you may want to do a Medicine or Chemistry degree, then I'd reccomend it.
Original post by randomsheep11
Tbh, I'm currently doing Core Maths (AQA) and it's all more based around business/economics stuff. It's not really relevant to Biology and Chemistry (which I do). However, I'm still taking it because if I get a grade B in it, I can apply for uni courses which ask for a grade 6 or 7 at GCSE Maths. So, if you didn't get a 6 or 7 in GCSE Maths, and you may want to do a Medicine or Chemistry degree, then I'd reccomend it.


are u taking it privately or with ur school?
moving to the maths forum
Original post by halimah786
are u taking it privately or with ur school?


I'm taking it with my school.
Friend took Core Maths and enjoyed it. Its using maths in real life scenarios and covering taxes etc too. She got a A so thats 20 UCAS points.
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Original post by CupOfCaramel
From my experience personally, it doesn't help with the sciences. I take chemistry and biology and core maths didn't have anything to do with what I was doing in my A levels. I took my AS in core maths this year and got a D as I didn't put any work in but it's up to you- I wouldn't of taken it if I had the choice :smile:

did you do OCR core maths or AQA?
Original post by Farhana001
I’m planning to do biology , chemistry and English lit alongside with core maths (to help me with my sciences) and I was wondering if anyone has taken core maths and what is it like ? As I have looked around and not many people take it is it not worth anything to uni’s ? I’m guessing it’s kind of like the epq (how much it’s worth )

Hey @Farhana001,

I took core maths which was by AQA this was suggested to me due to the a-levels I chose these were geography, computer science and applied science. This was advertised to us as building on our GCSE knowledge. The course did consist of a lot was learnt in GCSE however we also worked out tax and were taught different math formulas which I used in applied science and geography. This did mean that when I did them in class I was more comfortable with them and understood them properly.

I found this course benefited me it was only one year so it didn't take up much of my time and also amounted to some UCAS points as well which overall I found worthwhile.

Hope that helps!

Rebecca
3rd Year Geoenvironmental Hazards Student
Original post by Farhana001
I’m planning to do biology , chemistry and English lit alongside with core maths (to help me with my sciences) and I was wondering if anyone has taken core maths and what is it like ? As I have looked around and not many people take it is it not worth anything to uni’s ? I’m guessing it’s kind of like the epq (how much it’s worth )
I’m pretty sure core maths is almost the same or similar to foundation maths, so universities view higher maths students as more competitive that core maths students as higher maths is harder. I would personally advise that if you want to go down the medicine/dentistry route don’t take core maths, either take higher maths or don’t take maths.

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