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Core Maths – L3 Certificate

AS Equivalent

Special Entry Requirements

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

Course Introduction

Core Maths is an AS level equivalent 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 Applied Generals.

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.

Preparing for L3 Core Maths

We have created a transition pack on our website to show you the kind of work that you will be doing at level 3 and to help you prepare for September.

If you have any questions about the course, please email

Course Modules

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

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