Core Maths Qualification: reforms and the implications for Higher Education


Core Maths qualifications are a suite of new Level 3 qualifications for students in post-16 education. Core Maths courses are aimed at students who have passed GCSE mathematics at grade C or above but who are not taking A or AS level mathematics. The qualifications will help students retain, deepen and extend their mathematical skills and understanding through the use of meaningful and relevant problems, preparing young people for university, employment and life.

The government’s aim is that by 2020 the vast majority of students will continue to study some form of mathematics as part of their post 16 education. Therefore, as the number of students taking Core Maths is expected to grow steadily over the next few years, and this talk by Paul Glaister was a chance for us to find out more about the relevance of this new qualification to higher education and what it means for the skills and knowledge of our incoming students.


Paul Glaister is Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education at the University of Reading, and for the last five years Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics there.  Paul is an ambassador for Core Maths, a consultant to the Core Maths Support Programme (CMSP), a member of the A level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB) for AS/A levels in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and a higher education external expert adviser to The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This was on Day 3 of the Focus On Learning, Teaching and Assessment event.

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