Core Maths Support

Our Level 3 Core Maths qualification comes complete with comprehensive support to help delivery and implementation from September 2015.

Support materials

Support materials are available now and we will be adding to these as more content is developed.

Starting points for delivery

This guidance document introduces the structure of the qualification and how it relates to real world activities.

Whilst the qualification is focused on three main areas (modelling, comprehension and communication), teaching should be structured around substantial tasks with scope to draw on and develop understanding and confidence in all three areas.

As a way into this approach, we present three example contexts, each followed by task ideas involving further exploration and development of the relevant maths.

The starting points for delivery is available now and can be found on the qualification page under ‘Centre documents.’ 

Tutor guidance 

This tutor guidance document includes example activities to form the basis of sequences of lessons. Three example activities are available now, with more to follow.  

Teacher guidance can be found on the qualification page under ‘Centre documents.’

Assessment materials 

One sample paper is currently available, with two more to follow. In addition, we will be adding a set of annotated worked example scripts to further support exam preparation.  

Sample papers can be found on the qualification page under ‘Assessment materials.'

Scheme of work

A detailed scheme of work will be available on the qualification page from July 2015.

Support and CPD events

We will be running a programme of support and CPD events throughout 2015 and 2016. More information to follow soon.

Additional resources

Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP)

The Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP) offers an extensive suite of resources designed to help prepare schools and colleges for Level 3 Core Maths teaching. The CMSP teaching resources can be used alongside our own support materials, to complement Level 3 Core Maths teaching and learning.

Nuffield mathematics resources

Nuffield Foundation offer a range of freely available resources to support the teaching of post-GCSE mathematics for learners working towards a Level 3 Core Maths qualification.  

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More information

For more information on our Level 3 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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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. 

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