Content and assessment overview

Find out what students of our Edexcel Awards in Algebra will learn about, and how they’ll be assessed. 

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Content overview 

See below for a list of the topics covered at each level.

  1. Roles of symbols (Level 2 and Level 3)
  2. Algebraic manipulation (Level 2 and Level 3)
  3. Formulae (Level 2 and Level 3)
  4. Linear equations (Level 2)
  5. Systematic trial and improvement (Level 2)
  6. Linear inequalities (Level 2)
  7. Number sequences (Level 2)
  8. Gradients of straight line graphs (Level 2)
  9. Straight line graphs (Level 2)
  10. Graphs for real-life situations (Level 2)
  11. Simple quadratic functions (Level 2)
  12. Distance-time and speed-time graphs (Level 2 and Level 3)
  13. Simultaneous equations (Level 3)
  14. Quadratic equations (Level 3) 
  15. Roots of a quadratic equation (Level 3)
  16. Inequalities (Level 3)
  17. Arithmetic series (Level 3)
  18. Coordinate geometry (Level 3)
  19. Graphs of functions (Level 3)
  20. Graphs of simple loci (Level 3)
  21. Direct and inverse proportion (Level 3)
  22. Transformations of functions (Level 3)
  23. Area under a curve (Level 3)
  24. Surds (Level 3).

Assessment overview

Each Award is:

  • externally assessed through one written paper
  • available every January and summer series
  • awarded as Pass or Unclassified.

The Edexcel Award in Algebra is available at Level 2 and Level 3. The structure of each examination is shown below:

  Level 2  Level 3 
Duration  1 hour 30 minutes  2 hours 
Total marks  80 marks  90 marks 
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