Certificate in Use of Mathematics

AQA Certificate

Exam Board: AQA

1 year

Course Content:

Doing Certificate in Use of Maths at Alton College you will study:

Money Management:
Numbers!  Percentages, ratios, decimals and fractions, all in the context of real-life money situations, such as bank statements and compound interest.

Using Data:
Collecting, analysing and presenting data; probability and timetables.

Core Unit:
All of the above, plus: basic algebra, geometry and measures, drawing graphs and exchange rates.


100% exams, consisting of 3 exam papers, two that are 1 hour long and the third being 1¼ hours long.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are wide ranging, from classroom discussions on which savings account you should put your money in, to practising problem solving questions in pairs.  You’ll use MyMaths on PCs to practice your skills and Kahoot quizzes on your smart phones to try to beat the rest of the class.
The Student Course Materials, which every student should purchase, has 3 workbooks and Maths equipment stored in a pack which can be kept in the classroom.


If you get a D or C grade in the Certificate in Use of Maths, you will be able to do GCSE Maths the following year.

Entry requirements:

Grade G or 1 in GCSE Maths;
Grade G in Certificate in Use of Maths;
a pass in Maths Functional Skills Level 1; or
a pass in Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

Course costs:

Student Course Materials, including three workbooks, homework folder, IT resources, ruler, protractor, pen, pencil, rubber & notebook: ≈ £12.
You must also have a scientific calculator with natural display, such as the Casio FX-83GT+ or FX-85GT+.

Use of Mathematics works well with:

PE & Sport
Public Services
Vocational Studies
Towards Independence