Key Stage 4 - Mathematics

Course Specification:   Edexcel Level1/Level2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics 1MA1

Aims of the course:  At KSHS the students follow the Edexcel syllabus (1MA1) which aims to provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to  give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of course in further and higher education. The specification builds on the knowledge pupils have gained from Year 7, 8 and 9 encouraging deep learning whilst empowering students by the development of transferable skills. A key feature of this new specification is the focus on problem solving, students will be encouraged to use and apply their mathematics to a range of scenarios.

The key aims of the course are then to enable students to:

• Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
• Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
• Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
• Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Course content/structure

The course has three Assessment objectives:

A01: Use and apply standard techniques

Students should be able to:

• Accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions
• Use and interpret notation correctly
• Accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions.

A02: Reason, Interpret and communicate mathematically

Students should be able to:

• Make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information
• Construct chains or reasoning to achieve a given result
• Interpret and communicate information accurately
• Present arguments and proofs
• Assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information.

A03: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Students should be able to:

• Translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes
• Make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
• Interpret results in the context of the given problem
• Evaluate methods used and results obtained
• Evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.

This is a linear qualification. The assessments will cover the following content headings:

1. Number
2. Algebra
3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
4. Geometry and measures
5. Probability
6. Statistics

The table below illustrates the topic areas covered in this qualification and the topic area weightings for the assessment of the Foundation tier and the assessment of the Higher tier.

 Tier Topic Area Weighting Foundation Number 22-28% Algebra 17-23% Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 22-28% Geometry and Measures 12-18% Statistics & Probability 12-18% Higher Number 12-18% Algebra 27-33% Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 17-23% Geometry and Measures 17-23% Statistics & Probability 12-18%

Assessment information

• The qualification consists of three equally-weighted written examination papers at either the Foundation tier (grades 1-5) or Higher tier(grades 4-9).
• Paper 1 is a non-calculator assessment and a calculator is allowed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
• Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
• Each paper has 80 marks.
• Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts.

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