New post-GCSE ‘mid-level’ maths qualification planned

Plans for a new “mid-level” mathematics qualification that can be taken after GCSEs have been revealed.

A levels will remain for students taking advanced mathematics, but a new “core mathematics qualification” is to be introduced in 2015 for “students who have achieved a grade C at GCSE, but who do not want or cannot take A level maths”.

The plans were unveiled by education minister Elizabeth Truss during an address to the Oxford Conference in Education, at St John’s College in Oxford, earlier this month.

It comes alongside new rules which came into force last month making it mandatory for any student who has not obtained at least a C grade in GCSE English or mathematics to continue to study the subjects post-16.

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