Core & STEP Maths

Build on your Maths knowledge in areas such as calculus.

Course overview

Core Maths - AQA Level 3 Certificate Advanced Mathematical Studies

Core Maths is for students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and who need to be equipped for the mathematical and quantitative demands of HE courses or employment.

It is part of the Government's plan to increase participation in maths post-16, helping to raise the UK's mathematical standards. The ambition is for the majority of students to continue studying maths until the age of 18 by 2020.

The primary focus is on using and applying mathematics and statistics to address authentic problems and real-life scenarios, drawn from study, work and life, with a strong emphasis on problem-solving.  Many roles in the workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills and Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.

Students in social sciences, business,  psychology, sciences, and health sciences who are not taking A/AS Level maths may find the Core Maths element useful in preparing for university study where a working application of maths or statistics is required.  A Core Maths grade also helps the students to enhance  their GCSE maths grades as well as UCAS points.                                                                                        

Core Maths is looked upon favourably by employers and universities and it has been endorsed by the
Russell Group universities.

Core Maths is an AS Level and is a one year course.


Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths.

Additional costs
You will need a Scientific Calculator – minimum requirement is the Casio ClassWizz fx-991Ex.


STEP Maths (for Maths and Further Maths students)

If you are applying for certain courses at the University of Cambridge or the University of Warwick, you may need to take STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper).

STEP Maths is a well-established maths examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate maths.

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The Universities of Sheffield and York add their support for level 3 maths, including Core Maths. Find out more here.


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