These qualifications are not listed on the 16 – 19 performance tables because they are not designed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 5 performance tables.
Edexcel Mathematics Awards are small, stand alone qualifications designed to help students 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.
- Northern Ireland
Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16 –19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.
Edexcel Level 3 Awards in Mathematics are small qualifications providing support for mathematical requirements in other qualifications. They 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 or statistics, and a strong foundation in mathematical techniques or statistical methods.
The qualifications may be taken as part of a broader programme to support other subjects which require knowledge and understanding of mathematics.
These qualifications are designed for post-16 students and fall under the oversight of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). A significant number of students will undertake these qualifications post-19.
Following its 2012 review of post-19 qualifications the ESFA removed 1,800 qualifications from public funding and a further 1,000 in 2014. In March 2014 the government published a Reform Plan for Vocational Education.
These qualifications have not been subject to the same reforms as Applied General and Tech Level qualifications (which are specifically designed for 16-19 year old students), however the ESFA has implemented a new set of business rules for the approval of qualifications for funding, based on the 2013 Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England. These rules recognise that adults may have different needs, aspirations and ambitions to younger people and include that qualifications should be:
- relevant to individuals and employers and affordable for all sizes of business and for individuals
- rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard designed and assessed by the sector
- recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and in the future.
Regulation of vocational qualifications
The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland) SQA (Scotland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.
- Pearson (Edexcel)
These are linear, single unit qualification, consisting entirely of mandatory content.
Award in Algebra
- Roles of symbols
- Graphs of functions
- Arithmetic series
- Direct and inverse proportion
Award in Statistical Methods
- Data, including types of data, sampling estimating populations
- Displaying data
- Calculating with data
- Interpreting data
- Level 3
Level 3 qualifications are regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.
Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.
Two hour written examination, externally assessed – 90 marks, non-calculator.
The single exam is 100% of the assessment.
Linear qualifications, so resitting is not applicable.
These are small qualifications, the third of the size of an AS level.
Pearson Edexcel Award in Algebra
There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for England:
- Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
- Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
- These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
- If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.
These qualifications will be taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, such as A levels. They will help support other qualifications, and will aid progression to higher level programmes that have a significant mathematical content.
Assessments available in January and June each year. Results in March and August.
These are current qualifications.
The results of these qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).
Students may take the Edexcel Awards In Mathematics alongside other qualifications, such as AS, A levels or BTEC Nationals, and they will support the development of mathematical understanding in those subjects. The qualifications will aid progression to higher level programmes that have a significant mathematical content.