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Core Mathematics

Core Mathematics - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the level 3 BTEC entry requirements  you will need at least grade 5 in GCSE Maths

Course Introduction:

Core Maths is the new Level 3 AS level qualification for students who wish to develop their practical maths skills for the real world, be it in work, study or everyday life. It can be taken alongside A Levels or Level 3 BTEC.

What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and will include a financial maths element. It will also help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics.

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills. Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

Course Modules:

Units of study

Core Units

  • Critical Analysis
  • Analysis of Data
  • Maths for personal finance
  • Estimation

Optional Units

One unit from:

  • Statistical Techniques (current preferred option)
  • Critical Path and Risk Analysis
  • Graphical Techniques


There are two exam papers at the end of the year. The course is equivalent to and has the same UCAS points as an AS level.

Career Opportunities:

This course will provide useful support for students wishing to progress to HE or employment where improved mathematical skills are valued.