Core Maths

The Core Maths initiative is aimed at increasing the number of post-16 students studying the subject. Approximately 180 ‘early adopter’ sixth forms and colleges offered Core Maths from September 2014 to students who had passed GCSE maths with a Grade 4 or above. The qualifications has been available to all schools and colleges since September 2015.

Core Maths is about students doing meaningful mathematical problems to increase their confidence in using maths and to be better equipped for the mathematical demands of other courses, higher education, employment and life.

The Core Maths Support Programme, in partnership with high performing schools and colleges, aims to promote creative and stimulating approaches to teaching that will interest and engage students and give them the confidence and skills to succeed not only in Core Maths but in using their mathematics in other contexts.

Why We Need Core Maths

Only 20% of students study maths beyond GCSE in the UK – the lowest rate in leading developed countries in the world; in Japan, this figure is 85 per cent. This puts young people in the UK at a major disadvantage in a global job market. The UK government wants this to change and has put in place a plan to encourage more students to carry on studying maths after GCSE. The aim is to ensure that by 2020, the vast majority of all students in post-16 education continue to study some form of maths.

Benefits of Core Maths

Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths 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, 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.


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How We Teach

The Core Maths qualifications are intended to help students to use mathematical modelling and develop their problem-solving skills. These documents provide summary information with some examples for these two key areas:



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Mathematics for Work & Life

Mathematics for Work & Life

Quantitative Reasoning (MEI)

Quantitative Reasoning (MEI)


This page provides information about Core Maths events being hosted by the Core Maths Support Programme and other relevant events relating to Core Maths. This page will be updated regularly as information is available and we recommend regular visits.

24/06/17 - La Salle - Maths conf 10

24 Jun 2017 CEME Conference Centre, RM13 8EU - 8.30 -16.30

27/06/17 - Just Maths Conference

27 Jun 2017 Alton Towers, Stoke on Trent - Stand 6

29/06/17 - 01/07/17 - MEI Conference

29 Jun - 01 Jul 2017 Keele University

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