Mathematics is, inherently, a sequential subject. There is a progression of material through all levels at which the subject is studied. It is assumed that students will already have confidence and competence in the content presented in standard type within the GCSE mathematics criteria. Students will make use of elements of this content when addressing problems within this Level 3 Certificate Mathematical Studies specification but this is not explicitly set out in subject content. This Level 3 Certificate Mathematical Studies specification aims to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE mathematics.
Compulsory content: A broad specification which develops statistics, in particular critically analysing data, from GCSE and percentages work in terms of personal finance. New processes are also introduced, including a big emphasis on estimation in real life contexts.
One of the three options below:
Statistical Techniques: This module moves onto higher level statistics including modelling real life data, making predictions and carrying out hypothesis tests, the normal distribution as well as correlation and regression.
Critical path and risk analysis: A key skill to have in the business world, critical path and risk analysis focuses strongly on managing projects and clearly identifying the quickest and cheapest ways of completing tasks, which order to complete these tasks in whilst also considering any risk factors throughout.
Graphical Techniques: This includes a wide variety of graphs from exponential graphs to speed-distance-time graphs, with particular focus on rates of change. This module is key for plotting and interpreting graphs in real life contexts, to find approximate solutions to problems.