Core Maths

If you want to keep up your valuable Maths skills, but not planning to take AS or A-Level Mathematics, this is the course for you.

At the end of this two-year course you will come out with a Level 3 qualification – with equivalent UCAS points to an AS Level.

Core Maths builds on GCSE Maths, with a sharper focus on applying Mathematics to solve problems relevant to everyday life. This includes financial applications of Mathematics, as well as further applied and statistical ideas that can support work in other subjects you will be studying, such as Engineering, IT, Psychology, Health Sciences, Geography and even History.

As this is the equivalent UCAS points to an AS level, we recommend you also do an EPQ as well as taking Core Maths.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics

What will I study?

Analysis of Data

  • Statistical analysis and representation of data

Personal Finance

  • Taxation
  • National Insurance
  • Mortgages and other loans
  • APR and AER
  • Inflation

Modelling and Estimation

  • Develop techniques to answer questions such as 'What volume of water flows past the British Isles in the Gulf Stream every hour'?

Critical Analysis 

  • Analyse and judge conclusions made from data

Critical Path Analysis

  • Project management


  • Probability

Cost Benefit Analysis

  • Using finance to make decisions

How will I be assessed?

This is a two-year course, so you will take two exams at the end of Year 13.

Both these are calculator papers.

Further Education and Careers in Core Maths

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Maths
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Careers which require a Core Maths qualification include:

  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Astronomer
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Investment Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Software Engineer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Statistician

Preparation Work

In preparation for your course, please register for and complete this online course:

You must take a screenshot of your results at the end as proof of completing the work.