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Mathematics in Context - Level 3 Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) at The Blue School

Course description

This qualification gives learners the mathematical and critical thinking skills to tackle problems in a variety of authentic situations. This course is excellent support for many subjects. It enables learners to strengthen the mathematical knowledge and skills which they have learnt at GCSE. It would be invaluable to students studying many subjects who may not wish to tackle an A level in Mathematics. This BTEC course will enable them to develop the essential skills needed such as Modelling, Financial and Risk Analysis, Estimation, Problem Solving, Communication and Statistics. 

Course content

Course structure

This course is equivalent to half an A Level completed over two years.

How will you learn?

Each topic is developed through teacher exposition and class discussion. There are no extended pieces of coursework. Students will receive follow-up work from each lesson. Appropriate use of calculators and computers is expected.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*- C including grades for English and Mathematics as below:

  •          English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •          Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


Students sit 2 exams at the end of Year 13. Each exam is 2 hours long. The papers are ‘Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning’ and ‘Critical Maths’. Pre-release material is available in advance of the examinations. There is no coursework component. 

Future opportunities

This course is designed to improve the quantitative skillset of students to aid, for example, the study of social sciences, economics, psychology, business, geography and many other areas. The skills learned such as problem analysis, data collection and analysis, proposing solutions, presentations and reflection are crucial in many working environments.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017

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