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GCSE mathematics linked pair pilot

New GCSEs in Mathematics have been accredited for first teaching from September 2010. These are available in both linear and unitised form and further information about these can be found on individual awarding body websites.

We are also currently working with the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations (Ofqual), a number of awarding bodies and other stakeholders on the development of a second pathway based on a linked pair of GCSE mathematics qualifications for teaching in pilot centres from September 2010.

More about the linked pair pilot

The linked pair model is currently going through a full pilot which started in September 2010. The requirements of the single qualification will be nested in the pair, ensuring that students who take the linked pair GCSEs will cover all the requirements of the single GCSE.

The philosophy behind the creation of the linked pair of GCSEs is to provide learners with a rich experience of mathematics, enabling them to understand its importance in analysing problems related to both the real world and to mathematics itself. It is hoped that the pilot will help to improve attitudes towards mathematics and inspire young people to continue mathematics studies beyond the age of 16.

By providing the opportunity for students to achieve two GCSEs in mathematics, the pilot qualifications recognise and reward the amount of effort required by students of GCSE mathematics. In so doing, the pilot qualifications address one of the outstanding recommendations of Professor Adrian Smith's 2004 report Making Mathematics Count
The new GCSE linked maths pair is currently being piloted in a small number of centres in Wales. Further information about the linked pair can be found on the websites of the relevant awarding bodies: AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.

Further information about the pilot in England can be found on the Ofqual website.