• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Core Maths – Level 3 Mathematics Studies

What is Core Maths?

Core Maths is a course which puts a lot of GCSE maths into a real-life context. It will support you with understanding statistical information to personal finance while also improving your estimation skills. The course is equivalent to an AS level and you will proportionately have fewer lessons. In this course, we follow the AQA specification. It is composed of four compulsory components and a choice between three optional sections. The compulsory topics are analysis of data, maths for personal finance, estimation and critical analysis. The possible optional paths are statistical techniques, critical path and risk analysis, and graphical techniques. You may also be interested to know that you are allowed a scientific calculator for all the examinations.

For more information:

Course website

AMSP brochure

How to prepare for September?

With Core Maths, you need to be very good at your number skills, i.e. negatives, order of operations, fractions, decimals, percentages, etc. To support you with this, you should already have been set work on Hegarty maths for you to complete. There will be approximately two hours worth of tasks set each week. 

To further your preparation, you may also look at mathedup by focusing on topics 1 to 32, 36, 37 and 45 to 60. This provides you with videos, exam questions and solutions and it may be used as an alternative if you do not have access to Hegarty Maths.

Any work to be done or further information will be sent via email.

Want to get started now?

If you want to start looking at the use of maths in real-life now, then why don't you start a project. In life, humans use maths knowingly or subconsciously in all sorts of situations. Can you think of when someone might use maths? What maths might they use? How can you make the situation easier with more developed maths? Maybe you could carry out a project to help others see the use of real-life maths.

Here's a link to a website that gives you suggestions: https://studiousguy.com/examples-of-mathematics/

If you require any assistance or have a question, please email

Looking forward to seeing you,

Abbey College Sixth Form Maths Department