How Core Maths helps students to be better prepared for university
Core Maths is an umbrella term that refers to a specific type of level 3 maths qualification defined by the government’s technical guidance. It’s designed for students who have passed GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 or better, but who have not chosen to study AS or A level Mathematics.
Core Maths qualifications are equal in size to an AS level qualification and are graded A-E. They have the same UCAS tariff points as an AS level qualification. The course is around half the size of an A level course and can be studied alongside A levels or and/or vocational courses.
Studying Core Maths helps students develop their quantitative and problem-solving skills. This is valuable preparation for the quantitative skills they will need for many degree courses. It’s particularly useful preparation for subjects such as psychology, geography, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that involve some maths, but do not require AS/A Mathematics.
Core Maths is quite new, but entries are growing rapidly, with over 12,100 in 2021.
- This briefing document from the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme provides an overview of level 3 qualifications relating to maths for university admissions and academic staff.
- The UCAS website provides objective, comparable information about Core Maths.
How you can encourage more students to study Core Maths
Many universities already publish their support for Core Maths. If Core Maths would be useful preparation for degree courses at your university, please include it in your admissions criteria.