Core Maths: Using and applying mathematics

Using and Applying Mathematics is our new post-GCSE Core Maths qualification, designed to help learners develop the confidence to use and apply maths critically to solve problems, as well as to make sense of complex situations that might arise in work, further learning or life in general. 

What is Core Maths?

Around 40 per cent of 16 year-olds in England currently achieve a grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics but then do not continue to study maths. The Government wants all 16-18 learners to continue studying maths by 2020.

Core Maths is a new category of Level 3 qualification for 16-18 learners in England who have already achieved A*-C grade GCSE Mathematics. As well as attracting UCAS Tariff points, Core Maths will count towards the Department for Education (DfE) Technical Baccalaureate performance measure from 2016. 

Similar in size and status to an AS Level, Core Maths qualifications are designed to equip learners with the higher level maths skills and independence needed for success in a range of Higher Education courses, as well as to support entry to various professional, managerial and business careers. 

It is intended for use in a wide range of settings, including learners working towards the new City & Guilds TechBac.

What’s different about City & Guilds’ Core Maths qualification?

City & Guilds has worked with a range of maths experts, employers and universities to develop this qualification. We’ve deliberately taken a fresh approach, recognising that traditional maths qualifications can be disengaging for some learners and focusing foremost on how maths is used in modern workplaces. 

Our Level 3 Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics will help learners: 

  • Develop fluency in using maths, particularly the critical perspective needed to evaluate numerical information they come across in their studies, at work or in society. 
  • Understand how mathematical modelling can be used across a range of contexts to gain insight and solve problems. 
  • Gain confidence in their own use of modelling, as well as in making sense of mathematical work produced by others. 
  • Communicate effectively using a range of mathematical representations (eg graphs and charts), as well as how to present convincing mathematical explanations/arguments. 

Our Core Maths qualification comes complete with a comprehensive support package to help implementation. Learn more about Core Maths support >

For more information on our Using and Applying Mathematics (3849) qualification, including detail of assessment methods, support materials and DfE and UCAS recognition please visit the qualification page. 

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Maths and English

Level 3 Using and Applying Mathematics is part of a range of qualifications and teaching learning resources from City & Guilds to support the development of maths and English. 

Find out how City & Guilds is providing the most flexible and relevant maths and English qualifications and support available, to ensure all learners achieve the skills needed to succeed. 

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Our Core Maths qualification can be used to form part of the City & Guilds TechBac.

The TechBac is an entirely new professional programme designed to give 14 to 19 year olds an exciting alternative path towards an apprenticeship, higher education or employment. 

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