Mathematics and Numeracy

Mathematics and Numeracy is an Area of Learning in the curriculum. It is not compulsory for pupils at Key Stage 4, but schools must offer access to at least one course that leads to a qualification in this Area of Learning.

There is no prescribed minimum content for Mathematics and Numeracy at Key Stage 4.

Numeracy is the ability to apply appropriate mathematical skills and knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar contexts and in a range of settings throughout life, including the workplace. By engaging with issues that have current and future relevance to young people, teachers can help pupils to see the relevance of mathematics to real life and work.

Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities

To meet their statutory obligations, schools must ensure that pupils develop the Cross-Curricular Skills of Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT, and the Other Skills, and that teaching promotes the relevance of learning to everyday life and work.

It is likely that most schools will address their key statutory obligations for Using Mathematics by providing qualifications in Mathematics. However, there are opportunities to develop this skill across a range of qualifications; these are outlined in our specifications.


We provide a range of qualifications that build on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through this Area of Learning. These include:


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