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Core Maths Level 3

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade 5 GCSE in Maths

Who is it for?

Core Maths is a new Level 3 qualification for students who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but are not planning to take AS or A Level Mathematics. Many careers and university courses require a knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics.

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop these real life Maths skills. It will also help with other A Level subjects in particular Science, Geography, Business Studies,Psychology and Economics.

Core Maths builds on GCSE Maths with a greater focus on problem solving by looking at mathematics in context. This includes financial applications of Mathematics, applications of Mathematics in business and statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects.

Most students who study Maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential. The course has been developed with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for higher education and employment.

Course Structure

Core Maths is a one year course assessed by two examinations. Material covered includes:

  • Data Analysis
  • Mathematics for Personal Finance
  • Estimation
  • Critical Analysis of Mathematical Models
  • Basic Statistical Techniques
  • Risk Analysis


At the end of the 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.

The course builds on and strengthens existing skills and focuses on using and applying Mathematics to solve problems relevant to everyday life.

University Pathways

Core Maths is a new course but already several universities have come out in strong support of it. Even subjects like History now recognise the importance of statistics and so a Core Maths qualification will help you hit the ground running at university. Employers from all different sectors are also firmly behind the Core Maths qualification.

Many roles in today’s workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills; Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.

Career Opportunities

Accountancy, Economics, Business, Banking, Retail Management, Psychology and Teaching.