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What is Core Maths?

Core Maths is a relatively new type of qualification. Developed with support from employers and higher education institutions, it is designed for students who have achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics, but who have not chosen to study AS or A level Mathematics.

If you choose to study Core Maths, you will learn some new topics, but it mostly involves maths that you will be familiar with from studying GCSE Mathematics. Where it differs is in its focus on developing the skills that you will need to apply maths to real-life problems that you will meet in study, work and life.

Why should you complete Core Maths?

Core Maths will help you to better understand the quantitative aspects of the other A levels that you may be taking, such as Biology, Geography and Psychology. This is important for tasks such as interpreting and exploring data and graphs, using diagrams and calculations, and selecting appropriate statistical techniques.

Core Maths is useful for those who are interested in university courses or apprenticeships that involve a lot of quantitative data analysis but do not require AS/A level Mathematics, such as psychology, sports and social science, and natural science and business-related courses.

Learn more about completing Core Maths

Several universities recognise that the quantitative and analytical skills gained from taking a Core Maths qualification are invaluable to a range of degree courses. 

 From 2020, the University of Bath will make alternative offers for all degrees that do not require A level Mathematics, such as Architecture, Business Courses, Biosciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Education, Health and Sport degrees, Languages, Politics, Psychology and Social Sciences, to students that have achieved a grade B in a Core Maths qualification. This means that a typical A level offer of AAA would now be an offer of AAB.

Hints and tips

Information and advice about Core Maths is available online from the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP).

For further information about studying maths beyond GCSE, you can view the AMSP’s ‘Why study maths?’ presentation.

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