What next after Core Maths?
Here’s some information to help you on your way after taking Core Maths.
You may already know what direction you want to go in. If not, there are lots of websites that provide information about careers.
As well as considering university, have a look at the Higher and Degree apprenticeships. They provide routes into a wide range of careers, and you get paid while you learn instead of paying fees.
AS/A level Mathematics
Don’t worry if you discover that you need AS/A level Mathematics for the path you want to follow. There are ways that you can still study for it. The best place to start is a discussion with your maths teacher. If your schools/college can’t offer then there are other options.
Applying for an apprenticeship or other employment
As part of the application process you will need to complete an application form. You may also be asked to provide a Curriculum Vitae (CV). As Core Maths is a relatively new qualification, employers may not be aware of what it is, or how useful it is. Even if they’ve heard of Core Maths, they may not realise that the particular level 3 certificate qualification you’ve taken is actually a Core Maths qualification. It’s therefore worth explaining that taking a Core Maths qualification has developed your quantitative and problem-solving skills, so that you are better able to make sense of information. This is particularly relevant if you are applying for a position that will involve using maths.
Applying to university
All applications for degree courses are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The deadline for most courses is mid-January, but for courses at Oxford or Cambridge, or in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science, the deadline around mid-October.
As part of the application process you’ll need to prepare a personal statement. Core Maths is a relatively new qualification and admissions tutors may not be aware of what it is or how useful it is. It’s therefore worth explaining how it has developed your quantitative and problem-solving skills, so that you are better able to make sense of the information you will be presented with on a degree course. This is particularly relevant if you are applying for a course that will involve a lot of quantitative data analysis, such as psychology, business-related courses, sports and social sciences, and natural science courses that do not require AS/A Mathematics.
Some universities give reduced offers for admissions to some of their degree courses for those who have taken Core Maths qualifications as they recognise that it will support your university studies, as well as your future career and employment.
If you are invited to an interview, check the university’s website for advice on the format and how to prepare. UCAS provides lots of advice on interviews for apprenticeships.
Preparing for your university course or apprenticeship
Preparing for your university course or apprenticeship by will help you to feel more confident and get you off to a good start. Many universities provide suggested reading lists for courses. Extending your subject reading is also good preparation if you intend to take a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.