The Advanced Extension Awards are a type of school-leaving qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, usually taken in the final year of schooling (age 17/18), and designed to allow students to "demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills to the full".
Currently, it is only available for Mathematics and offered by the exam board Edexcel, who renewed their specification in 2018 (for assessment in June 2019 and beyond) .
A1 infer properties of populations or distributions from a sample, while knowing the limitations of sampling : P1 understand and demonstrate that empirical unbiased samples tend towards theoretical probability distributions, as sample size increases.
Critical thinking is a widely accepted educational goal.
Educational intervention has been shown experimentally to improve them, particularly when it includes dialogue, anchored instruction, and mentoring.
Controversies have arisen over the generalizability of critical thinking across domains, over alleged bias in critical thinking theories and instruction, and over the relationship of critical thinking to other types of thinking.
Its adoption as an educational goal has been recommended on the basis of respect for students’ autonomy and preparing students for success in life and for democratic citizenship.
“Critical thinkers” have the dispositions and abilities that lead them to think critically when appropriate.
This came after the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) decided that the new A* grade being offered at A level will overlap with the purpose of the AEA, thus rendering them unnecessary.
However, the AEA in Mathematics was extended until June 2012, as confirmed by Edexcel and the QCA.