Mathematical Studies (Core Maths)

Reasons to study this course

  • Gives you the numeracy skills to compete for jobs with better salaries.
  • It will strengthen your maths skills, vital for many careers.
  • Helpful if you study Geography, Business Studies, Psychology or Economics.
  • The course will deepen your skill in the selection and use of mathematical methods and techniques.

What you will need to study this course

• Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths

What you will study

In this two-year linear course you will study problem solving in a real context. For example, working out the income tax and National Insurance a person needs to pay. Analysing real world situations mathematically, as well as applying mathematical techniques.  Challenges that will develop your transferable skills and mathematical thinking, reasoning and communication.

How you will be assessed

Two written papers at the end of your second year.

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You will have the opportunity to attend Maths Inspiration Lectures and take part in national Maths competitions as well as various trips.


Mathematical Studies can be used in higher education, employment and everyday life. It will be particularly useful to support further study or careers in Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, Geography, ICT, Psychology, Sociology and Health Care.

Recommended reading

Maths on the back of an Envelope: Clever ways to (roughly) calculate anything by Rob Eastaway

Why do buses come in threes?: The hidden maths of everyday life by Rob Eastaway

Humble Pi: A comedy of maths errors by Matt Parker

Core Maths recommended listening – More or less: Behind the stats, a podcast by BBC Radio 4

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