Maths - Core Mathematics has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • If taken over two years GCSE Mathematics at grade 4
  • If taken over one year GCSE Mathematics at grade 5



Exam board: OCR

80%80% of students in the UK do not study maths beyond 16. Core Maths will help you stand out from the crowd!

Elizabeth Truss (Former Education Minister) said: “The evidence is clear, mathematics is vital to getting on in life. Careers increasingly demand strong numeracy and reasoning. We need far more of our young people going to university and into work with these skills. ”

This is a new qualification, designed to give you the best chance of success.

Meet the Mathematics teachers and students

Who should study Core Maths?

Although everyone is encouraged to take Core Maths, it will be particularly helpful to you if you are going to be studying Science, Geography, Business Studies or Economics.

Core Maths Accelerated

This is aimed at students who would like to take their Maths beyond GCSE but intend / are likely to take an EPQ in their second year

What qualifications will I receive if I am successful?

It is a Level 3 qualification so it is equivalent to half an A-level.

How long does it last?

Core Maths is a two year course. 

Core Maths Accelerated is a one year course.

What will the course be like?

Core Maths isn't like GCSE Maths. Instead it is more practical-based; focusing on activities that give you the chance to find new properties or create new ways of thinking to solve concrete problems.


You will take two terminal examinations. The examinations will include questions based on material released approximately two months prior to the exam.


What next?

Universities and employers will increasingly start to look for this qualification from applicants if they have not studied A-level Maths.

Mathematical problem-solving and modelling is becoming increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education. It is essential young people to study maths for longer to develop greater understanding

Professor Hodgen - Kings College London

Core Maths - example question