A new initiative to encourage more students to study maths beyond the age of 16 has been announced by the DfE.
Courses in ‘Core Maths’ will target 16-to-18-year-olds who have been successful at GCSE (grade C or better) but who don’t want to study A level or AS maths. Post-16 students taking A Levels in a range of non-maths subjects will develop the skills needed to solve the mathematical problems arising in their studies, or in employment and everyday life.
Topics such as statistics, probability, advanced calculation and modelling will form the key content of Core Maths. The qualifications will also count as the maths element of the new TechBacc, to be introduced from September 2014, to recognise high performance by students in vocational education.
OCR is ahead of the game with its newly-accredited Level 3 ‘Quantitative Methods’ qualification, that is available for first teaching from September 2014.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said:
“OCR welcomes the announcement on Core Maths for post-16 students who have achieved a grade C or better in GCSE maths but do not wish to go on to study the subject at A or AS Level.
“For too long the proportion of students who go on to study maths post-16 has been too low and that is why we welcome this announcement, which will help bring us into line with other high-achieving countries.
“OCR is keen to offer full support to schools and colleges wanting to offer courses like this. Our recently-accredited new qualification, Quantitative Methods, which was developed in partnership with subject experts Mathematics in Education and Industry, is aimed at this specific group of students who have succeeded at maths and now want something more.”
To find out more about OCR’s Quantitative Methods qualifications, visit www.ocr.org.uk/iqm.