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The independent evaluation of the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics: brief

This research evaluates the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics that run until December 2013.

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This research was commissioned to evaluate the pilot of the linked pair of GCSEs in mathematics (MLP). The pilot programme and the evaluation run until December 2013. This research brief reports interim findings from the 4th round of fieldwork, conducted in January and February 2012, and builds on findings from the second interim report.

The MLP qualifications are ‘methods in mathematics’ and ‘applications of mathematics’. The two qualifications together cover the entire key stage 4 programme of study for mathematics but with some additional content. Neither qualification by itself covers the full key stage 4 programme of study.

A new single GCSE in mathematics was also developed for first teaching in September 2010 - the single qualification is ‘nested’ in the pair. Candidates should be entered for either the single GCSE in mathematics or for both qualifications of the MLP.