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Level 3 Mathematics Studies (Core Maths) at University Technical College (UTC Sheffield City Centre)

Course description

Why Study Core Mathematics?

Core Maths is a new Level 3 course for students who achieve a Grade 4 or above pass at GCSE Maths. The qualification is designed to prepare students for the mathematical demands of work study and life. The course has been developed with employers, universities and professional bodies as valuable preparation for higher education and employment. Core Maths has been designed to maintain and develop real-life maths skills.

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 help with other A-level subjects – in particular with science, geography, business studies, psychology and economics as well as technical and vocational qualifications.

The skills developed in the study of mathematics are increasingly important in the workplace and in higher education; studying Core Maths will help you keep up these essential skills. Most students who study maths after GCSE improve their career choices and increase their earning potential.


Course content

At UTC Sheffield City Centre Campus you will study applications of mathematics applied to the real world situations.

For example:

  • Personal Finance
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Scheduling

At UTC City Centre students have 4 lessons per week of Core Maths, which allows for practice and revision time.  Well-engaged students will not have much additional work to complete outside the classroom.

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.




The course is assessed by 2 examinations in the summer of Y13.

Students are internally assessed through project work/assessments. 

Support sessions are available to all students.


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Future opportunities

Core Maths has shown a study of maths beyond GCSE which employers and Universities find useful.

Further information

Please come along to our Showcase Evening on Wednesday 14 November 2018 and the Post 16 Options evening at UTC Sheffield City Centre on Wednesday 6 March 2019.

Check the website for further information.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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