Core Maths

Core Maths is a brand new course which is intended for students who are keen to extend their GCSE Maths skills for future study or work, but aren’t planning on taking Mathematics at AS or A Level.

At the end of the one-year course, you will receive a Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics in Context, Core Maths (equivalent to AS Level study). Studying Mathematics in context through Core Maths will equip you with a number of transferable skills recognised by universities and employers alike.

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-today basis in work, study or life. This subject would be a good addition to subjects such as Science, Geography, Business or Social Sciences to help refine and develop your Maths skills.


The practical skills you will gain from this Core Maths qualification will be useful across a broad range of Higher Education pathways or employment routes.

From an HE perspective, you may wish to continue your studies with a business or social sciences oriented qualification and use the transferable Maths skills you have developed to enhance your progression.

How to apply

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Course detail

Start date: September 2017

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C, including a Grade C or above in Maths.

Study units

Studying Core Maths will help you to develop your Maths skills in a different way to your GCSE studies, by looking at how to apply and use Maths in many different situations such as interpreting data and mathematical information from relevant and interesting sources.


Assessment is examination based:
Paper 1: Comprehension (40%) and
Paper 2: Application (60%).