Maths is for everyone. It is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their
future destination, whatever that may be.
Level 3 Mathematical Studies is a new qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or
above at GCSE. It is a one year course and can only be taken as a fourth subject in Year 12 alongside three
The course helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A-level
Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.
Mathematical Studies aims to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established in GCSE Mathematics. As
such, students choosing this subject will need to have a solid grasp of basic numeracy and algebra. Unlike a lot of the
content at GCSE, Mathematical Studies covers topics that have ‘real world’ applications and will be useful after the
student has finished their studies.
There is heavy emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving with students being encouraged to ‘think outside the
box’. Not all questions have a single solution, and a large part of the marking relies on a student being able to justify
their reasoning to achieve full marks.
Students will be assessed throughout the one year course (through end of topic assessments as well as assessed
homework). The final grade is determined by two end of year live examinations (AQA specification code 1350) detailed
below. Calculators are allowed for both papers.
Paper 1: 1 hour and 30 minutes (60 marks)
Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minutes (60 marks) [either statistical or graphical techniques or critical path analysis]
Students will need to achieve at least a level 4 in Mathematics at GCSE. They will be set work to complete over the
summer holiday to help prepare them for the course (there will be a small check in at the start of the course based on
this). In addition, students will need to prepare a presentation to deliver in September.
Mathematical Studies is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge
that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.