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Mathematics in Context Edexcel Certificate Level 3 at Sir John Leman High School

Course description

It is widely accepted that the majority of students would benefit from the study of a post-16 mathematics qualification in order to develop their mathematical thinking and increase their employability.

If you have enjoyed studying the grade 4, 5 and 6 topics at GCSE then you are likely to be well-suited to this course.

Extended Learning:

Students choosing this course will be expected to become fluent users of spreadsheets as they will need to complete mini-projects that require the interpretation of large data sets.

Course content

Throughout the two years, four content areas will be covered:

Applications of statistics:

Statistics is the study of the collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It plays an increasingly important role in a wide variety of contexts and is used in areas of study such as science, business and economics, IT and psychology.


Probability theory has made significant contributions to almost all branches of science and engineering over the last 100 years. Probability is used in areas of study such as finance, science, artificial intelligence, business, computing and philosophy.

Linear programming:

Linear programming can be applied to a variety of contexts in business and industry. It is used most extensively in business and economics but is also utilised for some engineering problems. Linear programming models are used in industries such as transportation, energy, telecommunications and manufacturing.

Sequences and growth:

A mathematical understanding of sequences, growth and decay can be applied to a variety of real-life contexts and problem-solving tasks, including financial mathematics, population growth, epidemics, earthquakes and radioactive decay. 

Entry requirements

  • Grade 4 or 5 GCSE Mathematics.


  • The course is examined terminally by a pair of 1 hour 40 minute papers.
  • The Comprehension Paper (40%) will require candidates to analyse two real-life contexts described in a source booklet released before the examination.
  • The remaining 60% comes from an Applications Paper based on previously unseen sources.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics in Context can accompany any combination of A level subjects and is designed to help students who decide not to choose AS/ A2 mathematics to progress to university and study a wide range of subjects including applied sciences, biology, business, economics, computing, geography, health and social care, ICT, nursing and psychology.

This qualification is endorsed by a large number of employers and universities. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Leman High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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