An update to the announcement on early entry for Maths

Thursday 10 Oct 2013

DfE's changes to the rules for GCSE entries

We've been talking to the Department for Education (DfE) about the impact of their recent announcement.

They've clarified a number of important points. We'd like to share a brief summary of what we've asked so that you know what has changed and what this means for you.

If a student takes two Maths exams that count for the Maths performance measure on different days in the same exam series, which counts?

The exam that was taken first is the one that schools can use for the performance tables. In the event that a student is entered for two qualifications that are assessed on the same day, the school can use the higher result.

In summer 2014, the following combinations are affected:

  • GCSE Maths (either linear or unitised) and Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths
    As GCSE is the earlier, this would be the one that counts.
  • GCSE Maths (either linear or unitised) and Linked Pair Pilot
    In this case, as the main GCSE is first, this would be the one that counts.
  • Schools and colleges entering students on the Linked Pair Pilot
    The better of the Methods or Applications will continue to count for performance measures.
  • Linked Pair Pilot and Level 2 Certificate in Further Maths
    As the linked pair is first, the better of the linked pair results would be the one that counts, not the Level 2 Further Maths

What about Maths qualifications which don't count towards the Maths performance measure?

Qualifications that don't count towards the Maths performance measure are not affected by these changes.

For example:

  • A student can do Certificate in Use of Maths at any time (year 10 or year 11) and their first attempt at GCSE Mathematics is still the one that will count for performance tables
  • A student can do GCSE Statistics at any time (year 10 or year 11) and their first attempt at GCSE Mathematics is still the one that will count for performance tables
  • Entry Level Certificates, Functional Skills and Adult Numeracy are also unaffected.

If your combination of Maths qualifications is not covered above, our Maths team will be happy to advise you. You can call us on 0161 957 3852 or email us at maths@aqa.org.uk.

Please note that this information is correct at the time of writing. We will keep you informed of any further developments.