Core Maths (Level 3)


Introduction to Course

Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is a new qualification designed for students who have achieved a grade 5 or above at GCSE. It helps to develop students’ mathematical skills and thinking and supports courses such as A Level Psychology, Sciences and Geography as well as technical and vocational qualifications. A large emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and applies the skills learnt at GCSE to real life situations.

Exam Board/Specification

AQA Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies


  • Paper 1: Compulsory Content (analysis of data, personal finance and estimation)
  • Paper 2: Either Statistical Techniques, Critical Path and Risk Analysis or Graphical Techniques


All exam papers require the use of a calculator

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 30 mins

Progression Routes

The Level 3 certificate will enhance the Maths skills needed for other A Level subjects and is useful in supporting preparation for university courses, which require the use of Maths. It will also give students skills that can be used in the workplace in a variety of settings.