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Some questions about Core Maths decisions

September 4, 2018

It’s the day before students start back for my school and, in the spirit of preparation, here are some questions I’ve been asked by @CoreMathsCat that relate to ‘setting up’ decisions. I’ll try to answer them here.

Why have you chosen AQA?

Primarily because I was a proof reader for a book called AQA Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies by Hodder and Staughton which was tied to the AQA course.

I also like the fact that there are different options and although I’m starting with 2A (the stats option) this year, I’m excited about the possibility of running different classes as appropriate for different students with maybe those taking Geography and Psychology doing 2A while the Business students can take 2B (featuring critical path and cost benefit analysis).

Are you teaching the course over 1 or 2 years?

1 year.

A big driver here was wanting to make sure that the exam did not happen at the same time as the A level exams at the end of year 13. It has been a good ‘selling’ point and will also be something concrete to put on UCAS application forms.

How many hours per week have you been allocated?


I’m aware this is very tight and I will be making use of homework to help with this. If it is looking to be too short then I’ll talk to the 6th form team and see what we can do additional sessions. I will be upfront with the students and say that they’ll simply have to do additional work.

Are you accepting anyone with at least a 4?


The course is designed for anyone who got a 4 or higher so there’s no reason not to allow those students to take the course. It looks like we will also be having students who got grade 7s as well.

Have you written your own sow or using aqa/other ones?

My head of faculty has a friend who is teaching core maths already so she kindly let me have that as a starting point. I’ve adapted it a little as I really wanted to make sure the course starts with something new (Estimation). The scheme I’m going to start with is this but it’s obviously open to adaptation if needed.

SOW image 1

SOW image 2

Any more questions, please ask!


From → Core Maths, Level 3, Maths

  1. Klaudia Joczyn permalink

    Thank you. I am starting to teach it this year, so I am very nervous. Your materials are very helpful.

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