Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Award in Algebra

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Edexcel Mathematics Awards

Edexcel Mathematics Awards are small, stand alone qualifications designed to help students to develop and demonstrate proficiency in different areas of mathematics. By helping students focus on understanding key concepts and techniques, they can build their mathematical confidence and fluency.

  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables. It is a small qualification providing support for mathematical requirements in other qualifications. It may act as a stepping stone to larger qualifications that are on performance tables.

The Edexcel Level 3 Award in Algebra helps students develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of concepts in algebra, and a strong foundation in mathematical techniques. 

Education context

This qualification may be taken as part of a broader programme to support other subjects which require knowledge and understanding of mathematics.

Awarding organisation
  • Pearson (Edexcel)
Qualification code
600/6632/5 (Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Award in Algebra)

This is a linear, single unit qualification, consisting entirely of mandatory content.

Subject areas
  • Mathematics
  • Roles of symbols
  • Formulae
  • Graphs of functions
  • Inequalities
  • Arithmetic series
  • Direct and inverse proportion 
  • Surds
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

A levels are also Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.


Pass only


Two hour written examination, externally assessed – 90 marks, non-calculator.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

The single exam is 100% of the assessment.

Resit arrangements

Linear qualification, so resitting is not applicable.

Guided/notional learning hours
60 hours
UCAS Tariff points

Pearson Edexcel Award in Algebra

Grade Points
P 3
Key issues for UK HE admissions

This qualification will be taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, such as A levels. It will help support other qualifications, and will aid progression to higher level programmes that have a significant mathematical content.

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Assessments available in January and June each year. Results in March and August.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Oct 2012
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

The results of this qualification are reported through ABL. 

Progression information

Learners may take this alongside other qualifications, such as AS/A levels or BTEC Nationals, and it will support the development of mathematical understanding in those subjects. The qualification will aid progression to higher level programmes that have a significant mathematical content.