The DfE has announced further details of its initiative to drive up the numbers of students learning Maths after GCSE, with a new Level 3 ‘Core Maths’ qualification.
This initiative suits 16 to 18 year olds who achieved an A* to C in GCSE Maths but don’t want to take an AS or A Level qualification in Maths. Post-16 students taking A Levels in a range of non-maths subjects will develop the skills needed to solve the mathematical problems arising in their studies, in employment or in everyday life.
Eddie Wilde, OCR Head of Maths, said: “OCR has long argued for the need to encourage more students to study mathematics beyond GCSE and wholeheartedly welcomes the Core Maths announcement.
"Mathematics plays a vital part in the life of each individual and contributes significantly to the economy of the country. OCR foresaw the need for greater mathematical understanding when it developed the recently-accredited Quantitative Methods qualification with partner Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), and will be making full use of all that was learned in that development in creating the new 'Core Maths' qualification.”
In line with the reform of GCSE and A Level qualifications in general, Core Maths will be taken over two years and be externally assessed at the end of the course. The Level 3 qualification will be half the size of an A Level however and be graded pass, merit or distinction. It will count as the maths element of the new Tech Bacc and the DfE is considering including Core Maths in a new 16 to 19 performance measure.
OCR will be developing its new Level 3 Core Maths qualification for first teaching from September 2015. OCR would like to make the draft qualification available to a limited number of centres willing to pilot the new qualification and help shape its development, from September 2014. The DfE is making funding available for the piloting of Core Maths to assist with implementation. If you would be interested in becoming a pilot centre, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details on Core Maths are available on the DfE website.