Mathematics in Context (Core Maths)
About the course
The aims and objectives of the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics in Context are to support the mathematical needs of a range of AS, A level and BTEC Level 3 qualifications, and to provide a progression from GCSE Mathematics. It’s also supported by Higher Education institutions and employers and recognised in UCAS points.
If you’re planning to study subjects such as Science, Geography, Business, Economics or social sciences at A level, or vocational qualification, or are planning to take an apprenticeship or move into employment, Core Maths will be useful to help refine and develop your maths skills.
The aims and objectives of the course:
- develop competence in the selection and use of mathematical methods and techniques
- develop confidence in representing and analysing authentic situations mathematically, and in applying mathematics to address related questions and issues
- build skills in mathematical thinking, reasoning and communication
How is the course delivered?You will access materials and complete assignments via Google Classroom and a variety of online platforms including the Integral learning platform. The sessions will be delivered in one of our venues, one day per week.
Course dates and times
What will I study?
The Mathematics in Context course builds on GCSE maths to apply maths to real-world contexts and problems. The course covers four areas of maths, Applications of statistics, probability, linear programming and sequences and growth.
Statistics is the study of data collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation. It is increasingly important in life, study and employment in various contexts. It is important to be comfortable and confident in dealing with real data. It is used in areas of study such as actuarial.
Probability is used to determine a numerical value for the chance or risk of events happening. Probability theory has made significant contributions to almost all branches of science and engineering over the last 100 years. Probability is used in areas of study such as finance, science, artificial intelligence, business, computer science and philosophy.
This is a problem-solving approach to achieve the best outcome (such as maximum profit or lowest cost) through consideration of conditions that can be modelled by linear relationships. Linear programming can be applied to a variety of contexts in business and industry. It is used most extensively in business and economics but is also utilised for some engineering problems. Linear programming models are used in industries such as transportation, energy, telecommunications and manufacturing. Linear programming has proved useful in modelling diverse types of problems in planning, routing, scheduling, task assignment and design.
A mathematical understanding of sequences, growth and decay can be applied to a variety of real-life contexts and problem-solving tasks, including financial mathematics, population growth, epidemics, earthquakes and radioactive decay.
- Maths GCSE at Grade 5 (C) or above or an assessment to demonstrate maths skills at this level is an essential requirement.
- English at GCSE/Level 2 Functional skills is desirable
- Confident digitally to enable the completion of assignments
How will I be assessed?
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics in Context consists of two externally examined papers in May/June. The qualification is graded and certificated on a five-grade scale from A (the highest) to E (the lowest). Students must complete both papers in May/June in any single year.
How to apply
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What next after Mathematics in Context (Core Maths)?
Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) can lead to several different career and education paths.
The Advance Maths Support Programme can offer further advice.
We have our own careers guidance to support you, too when you join a class.
One of the most important things we can do is help you to prepare for employment and progress with your career. Our Make It Happen approach to CEIAG offers a variety of support including:
- work related activities
- employability training
- work experience
- careers guidance.