The study of Computer Science requires many of the thinking skills also associated with the study of Mathematics. Both subjects are especially accessible to individuals skilled in logic, problem solving, abstraction and creative and analytical thinking. For Computer Science students not studying mathematics at A-Level, the new Core Maths course provides an essential background of mathematical experience and confidence.

Core Maths is a Level 3 mathematics course for students in post-16 education who have GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above but are not taking A-level Mathematics. Core Maths qualifications are offered by various awarding bodies, with a variety of content and assessment styles to suit all needs. All of the courses are designed to help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical understanding, using mathematics to solve meaningful and relevant problems, and better preparing them for further study, employment and life.

Core Maths is recognised by UCAS, equivalent to an AS level course. Its focus on using and applying mathematics and statistics in the world of work and further study makes it especially useful and relevant for students of A or AS Level Computer Science. Topics that can be covered in Core Maths courses include:

  • Algebra, including Boolean algebra/logic, developing algorithms;
  • Number, including different Number bases, computational skills;
  • Problem solving, a key aspect the permeates the Core Maths course;

You can find further information about Core Maths on our website, You may also wish to discuss the possibility of following a Core Maths course with mathematics staff at your school or college.