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Certificate, Level 3

Core Maths

The Core Maths qualification is for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at Grade 5 or above but have decided not to study A Level Mathematics. It builds upon and strengthens existing skills and focuses on using and applying Mathematics to solve problems relevant to our everyday lives. Students in Social Sciences, Business, Psychology, Sciences and Health Sciences who are not taking A Level Mathematics may find the Core Maths element useful in preparing for university study where a working application of Maths or Statistics may be required. Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life Maths skills.

Students who study maths after GCSE may improve their career choices and increase their earning potential. The Level 3 qualification in Core Maths counts towards the equivalent UCAS points as an AS Level. If studying A Level Chemistry or Biology you should be taking Maths or Core Maths as an additional subject

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 financial and statistical elements. It will also help with other A Level subjects – in particular with Science, Geography, Business Studies, and Psychology. It is studied over one year with two examinations at the end of the course.

The skills developed in the study of Mathematics are increasingly important in Higher Education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills.


In addition to the minimum A Level requirements - 4 GCSEs at Grade 5, plus English Language at Grade 4 and Grade 4 in Mathematics is required.

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