AQA Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies

Qualification Level: Level 3

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all the exams at the end of their course.

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is a new qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE.

It helps develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A Level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical vocation qualifications.

  • Course Units

    Main Content

    • 3.1 Analysis of data
    • 3.2 Maths for personal finance
    • 3.3 Estimation
    • 3.4 Crtical analysis of given data and models

    Critical path and risk analysis

    • 3.8 Critical path and risk analysis
    • 3.9 Expectation
    • 3.10 Cost benefit alaysis
  • Modules
    Assessment Method

    Paper 1 
    What’s assessed
    3.1, 3.2, 3.3
    How it’s assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 60 marks
    • Scientific calculator or graphics calculator allowed

    Questions
    Copy of preliminary material available in advance on eAQA and clean copy of preliminary material to be provided in examination room. Formulae sheet available. No optional questions.

    Paper 2
    What’s assessed
    3.4, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10
    Students will be expected to draw on mathematical content of paper 1.

    Students will be expected to develop and demonstrate confidence and competence in the understanding and application of mathematical modelling in the solution of problems related to decision making and the planning of projects.

    How it’s assessed

    • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 60 marks
    • Scientific calculator or graphics calculator allowed

    Questions
    Copy of preliminary material available in advance on eAQA and clean copy of preliminary material to be provided in examination room. Formulae sheet available. No optional questions.

    Paper 3
    What’s assessed
    Any content from Paper 1 and content from:

    How it’s assessed

    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 100 marks
    • 33.3% of A Level

    Questions
    A mix of questions styles, from short, single-mark question to multi-step problems.

  • Entry Criteria

    Entry requirments: Grade 4 and above at GCSE Maths

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