Key Stage 4  Mathematics
Course Specification: Edexcel Level1/Level2 GCSE (91) 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 multistep 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 nonmathematical 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:
 Number
 Algebra
 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
 Geometry and measures
 Probability
 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 
2228% 
Algebra 
1723% 

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 
2228% 

Geometry and Measures 
1218% 

Statistics & Probability 
1218% 

Higher 
Number 
1218% 
Algebra 
2733% 

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change 
1723% 

Geometry and Measures 
1723% 

Statistics & Probability 
1218% 
Assessment information
 The qualification consists of three equallyweighted written examination papers at either the Foundation tier (grades 15) or Higher tier(grades 49).
 Paper 1 is a noncalculator 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 nonmathematical contexts.
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