NCFE

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life

Ref:
603/3437/X
Sector:
Science and Mathematics
Features:
Performance Points, UCAS
Shortlist for approval
Shortlisted
Support Materials Qualification Specification

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
180
TQT
270

Core Maths Information Sheet

Core Maths Funding Guide

Performance

The 16-18 accountability measures technical guidance states that the current annex J shows ‘Level 3 qualifications for the TechBacc in 2018’. As the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life - 603/3437/X won’t be eligible for the TechBacc until 2020, the technical guidance will not be updated by DfE until the next update in June 2020.

About this qualification

This qualification has been developed in conjunction with the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT). The qualification meets the Core Maths Technical Guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) and is approved for inclusion in the 16-19 performance tables from 2020. Core Maths has been introduced by the DfE to address the issue of poor progression in mathematics from age 16, by offering an opportunity for students not studying AS or A level mathematics to study a Level 3 mathematics course alongside their main programme of study. This qualification is therefore suitable for use within a Study Programme.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification enables post 16 learners to retain, deepen and extend their mathematical understanding. This is achieved through using mathematics to solve meaningful and relevant problems which will prepare learners for university, academic or vocational learning, employment and life. The word ‘life’ in our qualification title refers to all aspects of future needs.

This qualification addresses the specific needs of learners by providing a core of key themes. These are based in part on specific contexts and areas of interest that will complement a learner’s main programme of study.

The key themes are:

• A: Understanding personal finance
• B: Understanding commerce
• C: Understanding chance
• D: Understanding data.


Mathematical problem solving will be contextualised in the following vocations and areas of interest in:

• business and administration
• engineering and manufacturing
• health and science.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is designed for post-16 learners studying a Key Stage 5 curriculum. The qualification is suitable for those with a grade of 4 or above in GCSE maths at age 16 (or equivalent), who are not taking AS/A Level maths or a Level 3 International Baccalaureate (IB) mathematics certificate as part of their 16–18 study programme.

How is it assessed?

The assessment for the Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life consists of 2 written external assessment papers. Each learner is required to undertake both papers in the same series. Learners must achieve enough marks from across the external assessment papers to gain the Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

This qualification is designed to be taken over 2 years. Although centres may run the qualification over a shorter period of time at their discretion.

Career opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could use the qualification to progress to a range of higher education courses and/or employment, across a broad range of academic, professional, creative and technical fields. For example, the inclusion of decision mathematics and statistics as well as graphical techniques will prepare learners for careers in management, finance, business, engineering, manufacturing, health, science, geographical studies, agriculture, operational research and industry as well as preparing learners for further educational study.

UCAS Points

The qualification will attract the following UCAS points*:

• A: 20
• B: 16
• C: 12
• D: 10
• E: 6

Performance Points

The qualification will attract the following performance points in the 16-19 performance tables:

• A: 25
• B: 20
• C: 15
• D: 10
• E: 5


Qualification Specification

This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

In the Know

This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the centre, learner and employer.

Learner Overview

This document contains all the information learners need to know if they’re considering taking an Advanced Learner Loan to complete this qualification.

Information sheet

NCFE is proud to offer the Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Everyday Life (Core Maths).

Funding Guide

Letter of Support - Drayton Partners

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - NHS Trust Northumberland

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - PETROC

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - University of Plymouth

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - Royal Free Hospital

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - Enertech

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - Ivybridge Community College

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

Letter of Support - Barry Doe, Self Employed

This document contains details of stakeholders who have supported the development of this qualification.

NCFE Maths News

Our supporting newsletter with relatable articles to support in the teaching of Mathematics for everyday life. This should be used alongside the Maths news questions document.

Maths News Questions

Questions and scenarios to support the Maths News resource

External Assessment Windows

This document provides a breakdown of the assessment dates/windows for this qualification as well as information about the assessments dates.

Sample Mark Scheme - Paper 1

This is the mark scheme for the practice sample paper for paper 1.

Practice Sample Paper - Paper 1

This practice paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Sample Paper - Paper 2 (Business)

This sample paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Sample Mark Scheme - Paper 2 (Business)

This is the mark scheme for the sample business paper.

Sample Paper - Paper 2 (Health)

This sample paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Sample Mark Scheme - Paper 2 (Health)

This is the mark scheme for the sample health paper.

Sample Paper - Paper 2 (Engineering)

This sample paper will help learners prepare for external assessment.

Sample Mark Scheme - Paper 2 (Engineering)

This is the mark scheme for the sample engineering paper.

Pre-Release Material - Paper 2

Statistical Tables - Paper 2

Statistical Tables - Paper 1

Mandatory units

  1. Maths

Optional units

  1. Business Administration (A/100/8080)
  2. Engineering and Manufactoring
  3. Health and Science

 

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