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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:05 PM

Science Community Representing Education (SCORE), which is a collaboration between several science organisations, published a report on the 27th April which analysed the type, extent and difficulty of mathematics within the 2010 A-level examination papers. The focus was on preparation for undergraduate degrees in the three sciences – biology, chemistry and physics.

Our findings are worrying. A significant proportion of the mathematical requirements – put in place by the examinations regulator, Ofqual, for each of the sciences - were simply not assessed and, if they were, it was often in a very limited way and at a lower level of difficulty than students will need to progress to degree level or into relevant employment.

Professor Graham Hutchings, Chair of SCORE


The report can be found here (pdf)

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