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Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) is a relatively new qualification designed for students who do not want to take the subject at A-Level but do use maths in other subjects and wish to study maths further. It is a one year course only. 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. It provides students with the mathematical skills to tackle problems in a variety of different real and realistic contexts.

Pictured - Maths Challenge 2015 award winners


Level 3 Certificate in Mathematical Studies consists of 2 units which are 100% exam based with both papers being taken in the summer term.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


The course is made up of 2 units:

Paper 1: Analysis of Data – data and sampling, measures of spread, box and whisker plots, cumulative frequency graphs, histograms; Personal Finance – budgeting, tax, controlling debt, interest rates and mortgages, exchange rates; Modelling and Estimation.

Paper 2 (Critical Path and Risk Analysis): Critical Path Analysis – using activity networks in order to plan how projects can be completed as quickly and as efficiently as possible; Expectation – Using Venn diagrams and tree diagrams to calculate probabilities; Cost-Benefit Analysis –calculating the benefit you expect to receive from carrying out a project and comparing it with the expected cost.


This is a one year course. On completion you gain a Level 3 certificate in Mathematical Studies which earns equivalent UCAS points to an AS Level. It would complement other subjects as part of an application to university as more and more degrees include mathematical content. This course is encouraged by universities; there are examples of students receiving favourable offers from Universities because they are studying Core Maths.

Course Information


Level 3 Certificate

Course Work