The Core Maths qualification is for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or above but have decided not to study A Level mathematics. The qualification strengthens students’ existing skills and focuses on applying mathematics to solve problems relevant to everyday life. It is about students doing meaningful mathematical problems to increase their confidence in using mathematics to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education and employment.
Core Maths builds on GCSE mathematics, with a sharper focus on problem-solving skills. Students will consider and tackle mathematics in meaningful contexts, including through financial applications and statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects. It helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A-level Psychology, Biology, Geology, Economics, Environmental Science, Sports Science and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications.
The qualification is equivalent to an AS Level in terms of UCAS points and is increasingly welcomed by universities. Many roles in the workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills and Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.