The purpose and characteristics of core maths qualifications for 16- to 19-year-olds who do not progress to AS/A level maths.


Core maths qualifications: technical guidance

Ref: DFE-00240-2018PDF, 280KB, 15 pages


This technical guidance is for awarding organisations. It sets out the requirements that core maths qualifications must meet to be included in the 2018 performance tables.

Published 7 July 2014
Last updated 23 August 2018 + show all updates


  1. Updated document to use the new GCSE grading system, and to remove Ofqual's main involvement in the assessment of new core maths qualifications.
  2. Updated the document's sections on scope, background and process, as well as adding revised deadlines for the 2018 performance tables.
  3. First published.

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