What is this course about?

Core Maths is a new Level 3 course for students who achieve a Grade 4 or above pass at GCSE Maths. The qualification is designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of work, study and life.

The course has been developed with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for higher education and employment.

There has been a tremendous amount of coverage in the Media about the UK’s gap in basic maths skills. Only 20% of students study maths beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan, this figure is 85%. This puts young people in the UK at a major disadvantage in a global job market.

This course has been introduced to address issues surrounding students mathematical ability once they reach higher education and the expectation there is on their mathematical and statistical ability in many courses.

Why study Core Maths?

Core maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills. What you 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.

Subject entry requirements:

  • You will need a Grade 4 or above in mathematics at GCSE.

How you will be assessed

This is a one year course. Two external exams are taken at the end of Year 12.

What it will prepare you for

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and higher education; studying Core Mathematics will help you keep up these skills.

Most students who study mathematics after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

It will also help with other subjects, in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.