Using Nuffield Mathematics resources with FSMQs
FSMQs are part of the National Qualifications Framework in England and are used outside the traditional GCSEs, AS and A levels (hence the Free-Standing). FSMQs are available at three levels and are offered by two awarding bodies, AQA and OCR. A typical FSMQ requires 60 guided learning hours.
FSMQs are designed to appeal to post-16 students but are also suitable for students across a wider age-range. The Use of Mathematics FSMQs are accredited by Ofqual for all age groups.
AQA FSMQs are available at all three levels and support applying mathematics and statistics across a range of subjects. Each FSMQ focuses on a particular area of mathematics, such as Finance, Shape and Space, Statistics, and Calculus. They can be taken separately, or certain combinations can build to broader Level 2/3 qualifications in AS level Use of Mathematics, which carries UCAS points.
OCR offers two FSMQs designed to complement study in other subjects.
- The Advanced FSMQ, Additional Mathematics, is worth UCAS points for university admissions, and introduces students to the power and elegance of advanced mathematics.
- The Intermediate FSMQ, Foundations of Advanced Mathematics (MEI), is designed to provide access to AS/A Level GCE Mathematics for those not yet ready to take them.