Edexcel has 3 distinct qualifications for mathematics – general mathematics, pure mathematics and further mathematics.
The general mathematics curriculum require the students to take Core Mathematics 12 and Core Mathematics 34, as well as 2 other units from Mechanics 1, Mechanics 2, Decision Mathematics 1, Statistics 1 and Statistics 2. The most preferred combinations is the combination of Mechanics 1 and Statistics 1 for those studying the sciences and Statistics 1 and 2 for those studying a commerce curriculum.
The pure mathematics curriculum require the students to take Core Mathematics 12, Core Mathematics 34 and Further Mathematics 1 alongside another unit which can be either Further Mathematics 2 or Further Mathematics 3.
In order to study the Further Mathematics qualification, a student needs to first study the general mathematics curriculum. Also unlike any other subject, it requires the student to complete six distinct units. Choices include – Further Mathematics 1-3, Mechanics 1-3, Statistics 1-3 & Decision Mathematics 1. However, a student cannot sit for the same units they have already sat for in the general mathematics qualification.
To ace any mathematics unit, practice is the key. The Edexcel student books do a great job at explaining the concepts so those paired with past papers should be enough to get one across the line. With adequate hard work, the mathematics qualifications are among the easiest to score a top grade in due to it not being as subjective as many of the other subjects.
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