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Core Maths

Course Title:  Level 3 Core Maths


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What is it all about?


Core Maths is a relatively new type of qualification. It’s designed for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above, but who have not chosen to study A level Mathematics. You’ll learn some new topics, but it mostly involves maths you’ll have already used for your GCSE. Where it differs is its focus on developing the skills you need to apply maths to the kinds of real-life problems you’ll meet in study, work and life.


Core maths is studied over two years. It’s equal in size to an AS level and will be studied as a fourth subject.


Want to know more?


The maths course covered is the Edexcel specification, which you can access at


How will I be assessed?


All units are assessed by a written examination. Paper 1: Comprehension is worth 40% of the overall grade and is 1 hour 40 mins long. Paper 2: Applications is worth 60% of the overall grade and is also 1 hour 40 mins long.             


What are the entrance requirements?


This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade 4 in GCSE maths. This could be at Foundation or Higher tier.


What skills do I need?


If you’re on track for a grade 4 or better in GCSE Mathematics, and decide not to take maths at A level, consider taking Core Maths. Studying Core Maths helps you develop skills in applying maths and solving problems. It can usually be studied alongside 3 A levels, and it’s a great way to keep your maths skills fresh, support your other subjects, and develop skills that will be really useful for study, work and life in general.

Future prospects?


It is valuable preparation for the quantitative skills needed for many degree courses, particularly subjects such as psychology, geography, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that do not require AS/A Mathematics. It can also lead to reduced offers for a wide range of degree subjects.



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