Core Maths

Exam Board OCR

Why Should I Study This Course?

The Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) has been developed jointly by OCR and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) to meet the Core Maths requirements. This qualification gives students the mathematical skills to tackle problems in a variety of authentic situations. It enables students to strengthen the mathematical knowledge and skills which they have learnt at GCSE so that they can apply them to the problems which they will encounter in further study, life and employment.

Students will be encouraged to tackle problems in realistic contexts that are relevant to their other subjects.

Topics covered include modelling, statistics, finance, working with exponentials, working and gradients, geometry and measures, risk, estimation, problem solving, communicating solutions, use of technology.

The Quantitative Reasoning qualification prepares learners who have different goals to tackle a wide variety of mathematical problems. In particular, we want to emphasise and encourage these key outcomes:

• Sound understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and techniques from GCSE and beyond

• Fluency in procedural skills, common problem-solving skills and strategies

• Confidence in applying mathematical and statistical thinking and reasoning in a range of new and unfamiliar contexts to solve real-life problems

• Competency in interpreting and explaining solutions of problems in context.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

This course is suitable for students with the mathematical and statistical needs of their further study of other subjects, as well as for employment and everyday life.

Course Breakdown

Quantitative Reasoning students are taught to use a modelling cycle, a statistical problem solving cycle and a financial problem solving cycle. They are also taught to use spreadsheets to work on a variety of problems.

Students will cover the following topics:-
Working with exponentials
Working with graphs and gradients
Geometry and measures
Problem solving
Communicating solutions
Use of technology

How is the Course Examined?

Examinations will take place at the end of the 2nd year of the course.

Quantitative Reasoning. 72 marks 2 hour written paper at the end of the 2 years. 50% of total level 3 qualification.

Critical Maths. 60 marks 2 hour written paper at the end of 2 years. 50% of total level 3 qualification.

Core Maths Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mr L Peters
Mr J Wright