Core Maths

Core Maths is the new Level 3 qualification for students who achieved a Grade 4 (formerly Grade C) at GCSE Maths and wish to develop their practical maths skills for the real world, be it in work, study or everyday life.

Core Maths is the qualification for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take AS or A-level mathematics. At the end of the two-year course, students will come out with a level 3 qualification – with equivalent UCAS points to an AS level. The qualification is assessed by final examination and some courses also offer the option of submitting a portfolio of coursework.

Core Maths builds on GCSE maths with a sharper focus on problem solving skills by considering and tackling mathematics in meaningful contexts. This includes financial applications of mathematics as well as further statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects they will be studying such as psychology, health sciences, geography, sociology and even history. 

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What students study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and most courses will include a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help students keep up these essential skills. Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

We work with local Core Maths Leads and the Core Maths Support Programme to support schools and colleges preparing to and already teaching Core Maths qualifications. 

More information about Core Maths qualifications and resources for teaching can be found here.