Alternative admissions offers for level 3 maths

Some universities have shown their recognition of level 3 maths qualifications, including Core Maths, by giving reduced offers for admissions to some of their degree courses, including:

  • University of Bath
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of York

These universities recognise the benefits students gain from taking a level 3 maths qualification, which will not only support their university studies, but also their future career and employment.

A summary of the alternative offers provided by these universities can be viewed below.

Since 2020, the University of Bath has been using alternative offers that reduce one of the entry grades that are usually required for their degree courses. For example, where the typical offer is AAA, the alternative offer would be AAB. You can view details of their alternative offers on their websiteOpens a new window. In this interview, David Howells, Head of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Bath, explains why the University values level 3 maths and what it is doing to encourage participation in it.

A summary of the alternative offersOpens a new window provided by the University of Bath:

  • All degrees that do not require A level Mathematics, such as Architecture, Business Courses, Biosciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Education, Health and Sport degrees, Languages, Politics, Psychology, and Social Sciences, include alternative offers based on achieving a grade B in a Core Maths qualification, AS or A level Mathematics or AS or A level Statistics, when it is studied in addition to three other subjects.
  • Degrees that do require A level Mathematics, such as Civil, Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Economics and Accounting & Finance, include alternative offers based on achieving a grade B in AS or A level Further Mathematics where this is studied in addition to three other subjects.

The University of Sheffield makes alternative offersOpens a new window based on a reduction of one grade. For example:

  • AAB would be reduced to ABB for students who attain a grade B or above in Core Maths across around 90 undergraduate degree courses including Geography, Biology, Politics, Architecture and Economics.
  • A reduction of one grade in the offer for students who attain a grade A or B in AS or A level Further Mathematics in addition to A level Mathematics across a range of over 100 undergraduate degree courses including Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics.

The University of York welcomes the introduction of Core Maths qualifications, and some of its departments will make a reduced offer for their courses where such a qualification is taken alongside three A levels or equivalent. You can view more information on the University of York websiteOpens a new window (under Typical requirements, click United Kingdom and scroll down to Core Maths). These offers are applicable to around 40 subject areas, including Accounting, Business, Finance & Management, Social Work, Genetics, Linguistics, and Archaeology.

The AMSP offers guidance for universities on the advantages of recognising level 3 maths qualifications, including Core Maths, in admissions requirements.

If level 3 maths would be useful preparation for a degree course at your university, please consider including it in your published admissions criteria, perhaps in a similar way to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).