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### Edexcel IGCSE (9-1) Mathematics A 4MA1

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**WHY CHOOSE THIS SYLLABUS? **

At Edexcel we offer both Specification A and Specification B International GCSE qualifications for Mathematics - these have been designed to meet different learner needs. The content and assessment approach for this Specification A qualification has been designed to meet learner needs in the following ways, and sits within our wider subject offer for Mathematics.

**Tiered papers** – Provided at two tiers of entry (Higher and Foundation) that allow students to be entered for a level appropriate to them with questions in each tier that are accessible to students of all abilities within that tier.

**Clear and straightforward question papers** – Our question papers are clear and accessible for all students of all ability ranges and learning style. Our mark schemes are straightforward, so that the assessment requirements are clear.

**Broaden and deepen students’ skills** – We have designed the International GCSE to extend students’ knowledge by broadening and deepening skills, for example:

- Students develop their problem-solving skills by translating problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts at both Higher and Foundation tiers

- Students will develop reasoning skills through exercises such as presenting arguments and proofs, and making deductions and drawing conclusions from mathematical information.

**ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW**

Foundation Tier

- Externally assessed

- Availability: January and June

- First assessment: June 2018

- Two papers: 1F and 2F

Higher Tier

- Externally assessed

- Availability: January and June

- First assessment: June 2018

- Two papers: 1H and 2H

**DETAILS OF THE ASSESSMENT**

Foundation Tier

- Each paper is assessed through a 2-hour examination set and marked by Pearson.

- The total number of marks for each paper is 100.

- Each paper will assess the full range of targeted grades at Foundation Tier (5–1).

- Each paper will have approximately equal marks available for each of the targeted grades.

- There will be approximately 40% of questions targeted at grades 5 and 4, across papers 1F and 1H to aid standardisation and comparability of award between tiers.

- A Foundation Tier formulae sheet (Appendix 4) will be included in the written examinations.

- A calculator may be used in the examinations (please see page 42 for further information).

Higher Tier

- Each paper is assessed through a 2-hour examination set and marked by Pearson.

- The total number of marks for each paper is 100.

- Questions will assume knowledge from the Foundation Tier subject content.

- Each paper will assess the full range of targeted grades at Higher Tier (9–4).

- Each paper will have approximately 40% of the marks distributed evenly over grades 4 and 5 and approximately 60% of the marks distributed evenly over grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.

- There will be approximately 40% of questions targeted at grades 5 and 4, across papers 2F and 2H, to aid standardisation and comparability of award between tiers.

- A Higher Tier formulae sheet (Appendix 5) will be included in the written examinations.

- A calculator may be used in the examinations (please see page 42 for further information).

**SUBJECT CONTENT**

- Numbers and the number system
- Equations, formulae and identities
- Sequences, functions and graphs
- Geometry and trigonometry
- Vectors and transformation geometry
- Statistics and probability

**SOURCE**

https://qualifications.pearson.com/