Post-GCSE maths quals rolled out

Pilot qualifications in post-GCSE maths that were launched late last year have been fully rolled out by the Department for Education.

The qual, designed for use in the tech bacc, will be available to students who have already achieved a C or above in their maths GCSE, and is more practical in nature than the AS-level despite being of the same Ucas point value.

The level three core maths qual was on offer to a number of schools last year, but has been made available to all schools and colleges from this month via City & Guilds, AQA, Pearson Edexcel, Eduqas and OCR.

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, City & Guilds managing director, said: “This practical, workplace-relevant qualification provides a high standard of maths in a real world context, helping to drive up standards in the UK and ensuring employers have the skilled and talented workforce they need to thrive.”

OCR subject specialist Jo Deko said: “We welcomed the announcement of core maths qualifications for post-16 students who have achieved a grade C or better in GCSE maths, but do not wish to go on to study the subject at A or AS Level.

“We launched our pioneering new level three qualifications last year and a number of providers have been piloting them. We are delighted that they are now available for all post-16 education providers to use with their students.”