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Core Maths qualifications

Core Maths qualifications are designed for students who have achieved a standard pass in GCSE Mathematics, but who do not intend to take AS/A level Mathematics. They enable learners to strengthen and develop the mathematical knowledge and skills they have learnt at GCSE so that they can apply them to the problems that they will encounter in their other level 3 courses, further study, life and employment. MEI recommends that students with GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or better consider taking Core Maths.


Core Maths entries and results

MEI has produced this summary of the most recent entry numbers and results for Core Maths qualifications.


Free resources suitable for all Core Maths courses

Comprehensive teaching and learning resources suitable for all Core Maths qualifications are available free of charge to schools and colleges.


Core Maths Professional Development

The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP), which is managed by MEI, offers a range of professional development for teachers of all Core Maths specifications.


Teaching Core Maths example lessons


Taster questions for Core Maths

The questions on these postcards can be used as starter questions in Core Maths lessons or to provide students in year 11 with a taster of Core Maths.

Using video clips to stimulate mathematical thinking
Blog for the OCR website by Terry Dawson, Curriculum Developer for MEI