Core Mathematics


Why Study Core Mathematics?

Core Maths is a Level-3 course designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of work, study and life and, as such, is ideal for many of our students at the UTC. The course has been developed with employers, universities and professional bodies as a valuable preparation for higher education and employment. This course, while still demanding, is less formal (i.e. less algebraic) and more accessible than A-Level Mathematics and is aimed at students with grades 4-6 at GCSE. What you study is not purely theoretical or abstract; it can be applied on a day-to-day basis in work, study or life and will include a financial maths element. It will also support other Level-3 subjects, such as Science & Engineering.

The skills developed in any study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education. Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.

Qualification Type

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent

Qualification Level

Level 3


At UTC Sheffield City Centre Campus you will follow Edexcel’s “Mathematics in Context” course which is more commonly referred to as “Core Maths”. Topics covered include

Applications of Statistics


Linear Programming

Sequences and Growth

How will it be delivered?


The course is taught as a one year course, to be assessed by 2 examinations in the summer of Y12. Some students, particularly those entering with a GCSE grade 4 are likely to need 2 years and so may take their examinations in Y13.

Students who are successful on the course in Y12 will be given the opportunity to take AS-Mathematics in Year 13. We believe this creates a more suitable route to AS-Maths for students coming in with GCSE Grades of 5 or 6.

Students are assessed throughout the course using internal assessments.

Entry requirements

For the above courses at least a Grade 4 in Mathematics is required at GCSE.

Students must select a Technical Specialism Subject alongside this course.