Mathematics in Context (Core Maths)

Exam board: Edexcel
Guidance: Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths. For students who have not chosen to study A level Mathematics.
Course Start Date: 09/2022
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

A relevant post-GCSE Mathematics qualification develop students’ ability to understand and respond to the maths they encounter in their lives. It is designed to equip learners to develop and apply real-world maths skills, and progress to University, employment or higher apprenticeships.

It supports a wide range of Level 3 study, whilst preparing learners for the maths requirements of a number of higher education courses. It’s also supported by Higher Education institutions and employers and recognised in UCAS points.

Course units

There are four content strands selected on the basis of their relevance and application to a wide
range of areas of study and employment:

  • Applications of Statistics
  • Linear Programming
  • Probability
  • Sequences and Growth

Assessment

Students complete two papers:
Paper 1: Comprehension (40%).
● written examination paper with two sections, A and B, and a source booklet.
● the source booklet will detail two real-life contexts. These contexts will be assessed in the written paper, which requires students to comprehend, interpret and analyse the content in order to answer the questions. One context will be assessed in Section A and the other context will be assessed in Section B. Students will need to refer to the source booklet when answering the questions.
● the source booklet will be available for centres to download from our website (qualifications.pearson.com) no later than 15 April for the examinations in May/June of that year. A ‘clean’ copy will be provided in the examination. Students must not bring their copy into the examination.
● a calculator is allowed.
● Assessment duration is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
● the paper consists of 60 marks.
● a formulae sheet is given at the front of the source booklet

Paper 2: Applications (60%):
● written examination paper with two sections, A and B, and a source booklet.
● the source booklet will detail one themed task in Section A – this will be the same as one of the contexts provided in Paper 1. Students will need to refer to the source booklet when answering the question. Section B will contain three tasks, each of which has a separate theme. The four themes will be assessed in the written paper, which requires students to apply their problem-solving skills in order to answer the questions.
● a calculator is allowed.
● the assessment duration is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
● the paper consists of 80 marks.
● a formulae sheet is given at the front of the source booklet

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