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Mathematical Studies

Mathematical Studies

What is Mathematical Studies?

Mathematical Studies is a new qualification that was introduced in September 2014. It leads to a Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies which is equivalent to one AS level and gains equivalent UCAS points. It is specifically designed to support students who are also studying psychology, sociology, business studies/economics, health and social care and/or geography.

There is a big emphasis on problem solving, data and statistics, as well as financial maths. It helps bridge the gap between GCSE and university or work.

Mathematical Studies is for any student with a grade C or above in GCSE maths.

What support is there?

At Xaverian College the mathematics department is a very open place where staff are always on-hand to offer assistance with homework, revision or any other area of maths that may be worrying you. There are also timetabled support sessions every day. The department intranet provides additional resources and we subscribe to other online maths websites. A Twitter feed can be used to post problems and peer mentors offer support in their free time. Students receive regular feedback on assessments and there are more formal reviews and detailed written reports throughout the year.

What can you do after Xaverian?

Mathematical Studies will support your other subjects and help you in the transition to university or work. It can help you when applying for jobs and aims to be genuinely useful in real life.

What other maths courses are there?

If you have a grade B or higher at GCSE mathematics, you may wish to consider studying A level maths, particularly if you also want to study physics or computer sciences. Further maths is also available. Please see the separate course guides.

Course Structure

Unit 1Analysis of data; Maths for personal finance; Estimation; Critical analysis of given data and models (including spreadsheets and tables).Examination supplemented by pre-release materials. Formulae sheet available. No optional questions.
Unit 2Critical analysis of given data and models; The normal distribution; Probabilities and estimation; Correlation and regression;Examination supplemented by pre-release materials. Formulae sheet available. No optional questions.

Course Content

Why choose Mathematical Studies?

Mathematical Studies focuses on using maths in a range of contexts to help prepare students to be competent and confident in using maths in their studies, careers and lives. If you enjoy maths and see its relevance to your other subjects, and understand why employers want young people who are confident using maths to solve real-world problems, then this qualification should be of interest to you. It develops mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for students studying courses such as A-level psychology, sciences and geography; as well as technical and vocational qualifications as diverse as engineering and health and social care.

Mathematical studies is:

  1. half the size of an A-level, with two written examinations at the end of one year of study.
  2. based around the new GCSE Maths Higher Tier, plus around 20% from A-level Maths.
  3. eligible for UCAS points and equivalent to one AS level

How will you study?

Mathematical Studies is very different from GCSE maths. Whilst some of the mathematical content is similar to higher tier GCSE maths, there is a big emphasis on applying mathematics to real world problem solving, using computers (e.g. spreadsheets), analysing data and financial maths. These are the skills that universities and employers have said that young people should be developing in preparation for further study and the world of work. In real life, people work in teams, check things on the internet and use calculators and computers to help them solve problems. Lessons will develop these skills so that when you are faced with a challenging problem you will have the confidence to tackle it, even if the final solution is not immediately obvious.



Entry Requirements

You should enjoy maths and have grade C or above at GCSE mathematics.

Assessment Structure

Two written 90-minute exams (calculator allowed) at the end of 1 year of study.

Need more information?

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Mr R Johnson:
Admissions: 0161 224 1781
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