Policy paper

16 to 18 core maths qualifications

A policy statement on the introduction of level 3 maths qualifications for post-16 students who do not progress into AS/A level maths.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This publication was withdrawn on

This publication has been replaced by the Core maths qualifications: technical guidance



This document sets out the purpose, design process and characteristics of core maths qualifications, including expectations of:

  • size
  • content
  • grading
  • assessment

and an outline timetable for qualification development and accreditation.

Published 6 January 2014
Last updated 16 April 2014 + show all updates
  1. Removed link to project funding application form, as applications closed on 9 April 2014.
  2. Added information about how to apply for the core maths early adopter teaching projects funding.
  3. First published.