Core Mathematics

Core Mathematics

Other (Level 3)

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

Please note: this course can only be chosen as a fourth subject.

If you would like to study Mathematics to complement your studies, but not take advanced level Maths then Core Maths is the course to take. It is designed for students who achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics and is equivalent in size to an AS qualification.

As part of this course, learners consolidate mathematical techniques that can be directly applied to real life contexts

Unit 1: Application of statistics
Unit 2: Probability
Unit 3: Linear programming
Unit 4: Sequences and growth

Paper 1: comprehension (40%) – 1 hour 20 mins
Paper 2: applications (60%) – 1 hour 40 mins
Both papers to be taken at the end of the course.

Written examination paper with two sections, A and B, and a source booklet.  The source booklet will detail two real-life contexts. These contexts will be assessed in the written paper, which requires students to comprehend, interpret and analyse the content in order to answer the questions. One context will be assessed in Section A and the other context will be assessed in Section B. Students will need to refer to the source booklet when answering the questions. Four themes will be assessed in the written paper, which requires students to apply their problem-solving skills in order to answer the questions.
- A calculator is allowed.
- A formulae sheet is given at the front of each examination paper and in Appendix 3.



Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: Other (Level 3)
Exam Board: AQA - City & Guilds

The course supports student progression by preparing learners for the mathematics requirements of a number of higher education courses and develops students’ understanding and ability to apply mathematics, and become equipped to apply for employment or higher apprenticeships in a wide range of industry sectors, professional training or university.

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

GCSE Mathematics 4


  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335