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Mathematics – Core Mathematics


The Core Mathematics course is a 1 year programme which is equivalent to an AS qualification. In Core Mathematics you will develop ideas met at GCSE, such as statistics, percentages and compound interest. Core Mathematics gives students techniques for understanding and solving problems and it encourages the development of a logical and enquiring mind.

Core Mathematics will be offered with Engineering, Business, Psychology, Graphic Design or Biomedical Science. This course is also ideal for candidates on any Level 3 program, who would like to enhance their mathematical skills and progress to higher education.

Course Content

Unit 1 will consist of life applicable mathematical skills such as data analysis and aspects of personal finance. Topics covered include:

  • Analysis of data
  • Personal finance
  • Estimation
  • Critical Analysis

Unit 2 will consist of statistical techniques and critical analysis. Topics covered include:

  • The normal distribution
  • Probabilities and estimation
  • Correlation and regression
  • Graphical methods
  • Rates of change
  • Exponential functions

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips and presentations by visiting speakers.


Core Mathematics is welcomed as a qualification for a variety of Higher Education courses.

A Mathematics qualification is vital for some subjects, such as Engineering, and useful for others, such as Biochemistry. Students taking a degree in Music will find Mathematics is valuable when they study Acoustics.

Many Mathematics graduates work in Accountancy, Computing, Engineering, Management or Teaching.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics and English

The course is assessed with 2 calculator papers in the summer term. Preliminary material from the exam board is available to the students 2 weeks before the actual exam.

What goes well with this course?

Mathematics goes well with every subject and it is probably the most marketable A Level in terms of acceptability. There are good economic reasons for studying Mathematics and it is difficult to think of any further education course or career where it would not be welcomed in combination with other subjects.

How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2020. The application form for the academic year 2019-2020 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

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