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:

Course content/structure

The course has three Assessment objectives:

A01: Use and apply standard techniques

Students should be able to:

A02: Reason, Interpret and communicate mathematically

Students should be able to:

A03: Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Students should be able to:

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

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html