Entry Level Certificate Mathematics (2017)

Here, you'll find everything you need to teach the Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics, including key documents, the latest news, and details of how to access free support when you need it from our team of experts.

Our Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics has been designed specifically to complement the GCSE (9-1) Mathematics, enabling lower attainers to develop the underpinning mathematical skills and understanding to provide a progression route to GCSE Mathematics.

First assessment 2018

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Content is based on the key underpinning skills and concepts of GCSE Mathematics, with new topics at Entry Level 3 carefully selected from the more accessible topics in GCSE (9–1) Mathematics.

Content for the Entry level Certificate in Mathematics

  Topic Entry 1 Entry  2 Entry 3
1 Number: Count
x x x
2 Number: Read, write and order x x x
3 Number: Fractions and decimals x x x
4 Number: Pattern x x x
5 Number: Facts x x x
6 Number: Operations   x x
7 Number: Equipment x x x
8 Algebra     x
9 Ratio and proportion     x
10 Geometry: 2D shapes x x x
11 Geometry: 3D shapes x x x
12 Geometry: Perimeter and area     x
13 Geometry: Position, movement and pattern x x x
14 Geometry: Angles   x x
15 Measures: Units x x x
16 Measures: Measuring instruments x x x
17 Statistics x x  

To learn more, download a copy of the structure of our Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics.

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We have introduced calculator and non-calculator tests at Entry Level 3 and redesigned the assessment objectives to support progression to GCSE (9–1) Mathematics.

Every aspect of our new qualification is based around enabling Entry Level students to show what they can do, from the carefully selected content and clearly worded questions, to the level-targeted tests which assess small increments of progress, and the assessments that are designed to be taken when the student is ready. There are no time limits for the assessments and plenty of retake opportunities.

All the assessments in our qualification are 100% externally set and internally marked, with a small number of assessment components at each level.

We’ll provide support for you to plan, teach, track and assess the new Entry Level Certificate qualification successfully, including a Getting Started Guide, sample assessment materials and training events. You’ll also have the popular Mathematics Emporium at your fingertips to support teaching and learning.



Edexcel Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics specification
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