Core Maths is a course for those who want to keep up their valuable maths skills but who are not planning on taking A Level Mathematics.
It is a year-long course and can be taken in Year 1 or Year 2.
At the end of the course, you will come out with a level 3 qualification - equivalent to an AS (carrying the same number of UCAS tariff points). The qualification is a Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning awarded by OCR (MEI). It is assessed by final examination. You will need a grade C/4 or above in mathematics at GCSE to study the subject.
Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life mathematical skills. 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 most courses will include a financial maths element.
It will also help with other A Level subjects - in particular with Science, Earth Sciences, 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. On average, students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning prospects.