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The Ultimate Guide to Advanced Extension Awards


The Advanced Extension Award (AEA) in Mathematics is a challenging qualification designed for those who excel in Mathematics. It is targeted at the very top students in A Level mathematics, aimed at testing their capabilities beyond the standard A Level curriculum. 

But what exactly does the AEA involve, and how can it elevate your academic profile? 

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What is the AEA?

Originally introduced to distinguish the top 10% of A Level candidates, the AEA in Mathematics is now the sole survivor of these awards, continuing under the Edexcel exam board. It is a rigorous test of your understanding of A Level mathematics, requiring you to demonstrate a deeper and more comprehensive grasp of the material.

Why consider the AEA?

Taking the AEA in Mathematics is not about winning an award—it’s about earning a qualification that showcases your exceptional skills in mathematics to universities and future employers. 

Achieving an AEA can make a significant difference in your university application, potentially boosting your UCAS score by up to 40 points for a Distinction and 24 points for a Merit.

Step-by-step guide to entering the Advanced Extension Award

Here are some steps to help you enter the Advanced Extension Award (AEA).

1. Check Eligibility

Before applying for the AEA, it's essential to make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria, especially if you're a private candidate. Remember that some qualifications may not be available to you, so checking your eligibility beforehand is best to avoid any disappointment or confusion later.

2. Find a Centre

If you plan to take the exam as a private candidate, it's important to note that you must make your entries through an approved centre. This means that you will not be able to register for the exam directly, but will need assistance from an authorised centre to complete the registration process. 

This ensures that the exam process is fair and consistent for all candidates.

3. Register for the Exam

You must know that you can register for the exam using the Edexcel Online system. This system provides a convenient and efficient way to register for the exam, and it is highly recommended that you use it to avoid any potential issues or delays.

4. Pay the Fees

Make necessary payments for AEA fees. Check the official Pearson qualifications website for information on fees.

Key Dates

June 2024 entry deadlines (these have passed for 2024, but give a good indication of the dates to remember for 2025):


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Entering advanced extension awards with your school is a fantastic way to challenge yourself academically, showcase your skills and knowledge, and stand out.

By following these steps and taking advantage of resources available at your school, you can enter these awards and potentially open doors to new opportunities.

So don't hesitate – start exploring advanced extension awards today and see where this exciting journey takes you!

Author: MyEdSpace
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