What is Core Mathematics?

This is a brand new course for those who want to keep up their valuable Mathematics skills but are not planning to take AS or A Level Mathematics. At the end of the course, you will come out with a level 3 qualification – similar to an AS Level.

What do I need in my GCSEs to do this course?

You will need a Grade 5 or above in Mathematics at GCSE.

What will I learn?

The content is based around the new GCSE Mathematics Higher Tier, with around 20% taken from other qualifications, for example A Level Mathematics.
Core Mathematics won’t be anything like GCSE Mathematics as it will be based on activities that give you the chance to find new ways of thinking to solve concrete problems.
Core Mathematics has been designed to maintain and develop real life mathematics 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 will include a financial mathematics element. It will also help with other A Level subjects – in particular with Sciences and Social Sciences.

How will I be assessed?

Students will sit all the exams at the end of their course. The assessment will be 2 papers, each of 90 minutes, where much of the content questions are based on pre released preliminary material.

What career opportunities are there from this course?

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Mathematics will help you keep up these essential skills. Most students who study mathematics after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.
Universities and employers will increasingly start to look for this qualification from applicants if they have not studied A Level Mathematics.