What is Core Maths?
Core Maths is offered to all students who have achieved a grade C or better in GCSE Mathematics but who are not studying Mathematics at AS or A Level. It is a relatively new course designed by the Department of Education in collaboration with universities and employers to ensure that students leave full-time education with all of the mathematical skills they may need for further study or work.
The course covers aspects of Functional Mathematics that are relevant to a wide range of subjects and careers. These include Financial Maths (personal budgeting, financial planning and understanding a payslip, loans and interest), Statistics (interpreting data, data collection,report) and Decision Mathematics (planning an event and critical path analysis).
Core Maths is assessed by examination at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework element.
Where will it lead?
The Core Maths qualification generates the same number of UCAS points as an AS Level and is designed to assist in the transition from Sixth
Form to either further study or work. It will demonstrate to employers that students’ understanding of Mathematics has developed further than GCSE.