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Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Certificate at Derby College

Course description

This exciting new course will help you to use maths in a range of ‘real-world’ contexts to prepare for success in your studies, future career and life.

Half the size of an A-level, this two-year course will develop your mathematical skills and thinking appropriate for a Level 3 qualification. You will become more confident and competent in using maths and the qualification will be considered for UCAS points if you are planning to study at university in future.

The course is particularly useful for learners studying subjects such as A-level Biology, Business Studies, Economics, Computing, Geography, Psychology, BTEC Applied Science, Health and Social Care, and IT – as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

Course content

You will learn and apply real-world maths throughout your studies. This will equip you with skills for scenarios and contexts you are likely to encounter in vocational and academic study, future employment and life.

As part of the programme, you will study data analysis, maths for personal finance, estimation, and critical path and risk analysis.

Entry requirements

You need a grade C in GCSE Maths, alongside the entry requirements for your other A-level courses.


There are two examinations at the end of the second year.

Future opportunities

Further Study

This course will provide additional UCAS points to support your university application. You will gain 60 UCAS points if you achieve a grade A, 50 for grade B, 40 for grade C, 30 for grade D and 20 for grade E.


Your mathematical skills will be enhanced and improved, providing you with an important asset to impress potential employers across many sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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