Edexcel modular Maths B

Edexcel modular Maths B

This new course (2MB01) is a linear version of the old specification B. It comprises the three unit papers currently examined in a modular fashion, but all examined in one examination session. The new specification will be first examined and certificated in summer 2014, and in November and summer sessions subsequently. The last time that these examinations can be taken in a e modular fashion will be in November 2013. This is for re-sits if you are in year 11 now. And there will be a March 2013 exam – the last March exam offered.

Information links

Here’s a link to the Edexcel Maths B website.

Sample exam questions and marking schemes.


Unit 1 covers pretty much everything – 30% of total marks. Calculator allowed

Unit 2 covers everything except statistics – 30% of total marks. Non-calculator

Unit 3 again covers everything except statistics – 40% of total marks. Calculator.

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6 Responses to Edexcel modular Maths B

  1. alema June 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    hi, i could a low B in unit1 and high B in unit2 what would i roughly need to get in unit 3 to get a B over all? taking that unit 3 is 40%

    • Bob Foster June 14, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      To get a B you need a B!

  2. Hannah January 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Hey, I just wanted to say that I got a D (68 marks) in 5mbo1 and I got a D (64 marks) in 5mbo2 so I am retaking 5mbo2 how much is the over all grade for unit 1 and unit 2 to get a c ??? Can you also tell me some revision techniques


    • Bob Foster January 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      The actual marks for a C vary from year to year, depending on how hard the questions are. The examiners get together and decide on the pass-marks. So I can’t give you an exact answer. But, it won’t make any difference to you – you’ll be working as hard as you can, won’t you? I always reckon that in your practice papers, you should be aiming for 80% at least to be sure of a C (assuming you’re doing foundation tier).

      As far as revision techniques, at this stage the best is simply to do as many practice and past papers as possible and get them marked properly by someone who knows what they’re doing – like me for instance 🙂 – http://schoolsuccess.co.uk/tuition-for-gcse/

      Do all the worked examples in your textbook (not revision guide). Also, you can get practice papers from cgpbooks.co.uk that are good because they have answers.

  3. Tracy September 8, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    My daughter has just brought home the results of her mathematics B2. She has mark 45 which apparently is the equivilent to an F. It is a few years since i a took my.(C.S.E.s) and obviuosly i am somewhat out of touch. I believe that this is a low grade and as she wants to persue a career in nursing i don’t know what she can do to make it better. Any help or advice will be very much appreciated.

    • Bob Foster September 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Tracy,

      I don’t know which exam board she took, nor the moderation for the particular paper, so I can’t confirm the grade. This is something that the school’s exams officer will be able to tell you – or your daughter’s teacher. It’s important that you have a good relationship with these important people!
      Certainly she will need a grade C or above to go into nursing. But your school should be able to give you all the information and advice you need. If you are not confident about approaching them, just write down what you want to ask – 1) what grade-equivalent did your daughter get; 2) Is she on course for getting a C grade, and if not, what does she need to do to get a C? Just tell them what your daughter wants to do and ask them for their advice.
      If you don’t get a the reply you want, get back in touch.
      Good luck!

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