Core Maths is designed for students who have a standard pass or better in GCSE Mathematics and who would benefit from continuing with some mathematics but who do not need or want to do A level Mathematics. It will be particularly useful for students studying subjects such as geography, business, chemistry, biology and sociology.
There are two OCR (MEI) Core Maths qualifications. Each of them includes the Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning (IQR) component which covers maths skills which will support the mathematics which students need for other subjects. The Quantitative Reasoning qualification adds Critical Maths to produce a course that will encourage learners to ask “what does that mean?” and “does that sound about right?” whenever they encounter a quantitative situation or statement. The Quantitative Problem Solving qualification adds a statistical problem solving component to IQR to produce a course which enables students to use a wider range of statistical techniques to solve the kinds of problems which they are likely to encounter in further study, work or life.
Full teaching resources for all Core Marhsa qualifications are available free to centres, tvia the AMSP Core Maths Platform.
Centres can register with the Advanced Maths Support Programme to receive a free single teacher access to the resources. From September an additional free subscription will be available which will offer individual accounts for teachers and students and will be tailored to the specification the school follows. Individual access means students can access the resources from any computer, use the on-line tests and build up their own test record; tutors can access these and provide feedback.
Using video clips to stimulate mathematical thinking
Blog for the OCR website by Terry Dawson, Curriculum Developer for MEI