What you need to know
To access Core Maths you need to have a minimum of Grade C in GCSE Maths. All of the Foundation Tier GCSE Maths content is assumed to be known. Knowledge of Higher Tier content would be advantageous but is not essential, as the necessary parts will be covered through the delivery of the course.
During the course you will become fluent in applying mathematical thinking processes to a wide variety of situations. The use of technology to support these processes is an inherent part of 21st century life and so the use of calculators and mathematical computer programs will be integral to the course.
Want to get a headstart in Core Maths?
Look back through Higher Tier GCSE revision content and focus particularly on those questions highlighted as either “Functional”, “Contextual” or “Assessing Quality of Communication” as these are primarily the basis for case study interrogations.
Higher Tier GCSE Maths textbooks would be a good way to get a head start on the content in Core Maths.
GCSE Statistics textbooks will give a greater understanding of the particular areas which Core Maths focusses on.
Core Maths can be combined with any A Level subject combination (except Maths A Level) and is designed to work best with those pathways which are often viewed as “less mathematical” but still require higher level maths knowledge. It also facilitates progression when taken alongside subjects which are inherently seen as non-mathematical e.g. Languages, Law and Humanities Pathways.