Mathematics can best be described, at this level, as the formulation and application of both numerical and abstract concepts. The student of mathematics has to be creative and imaginative, have a sense of flair and most importantly be curious about the world around them. Mathematics touches on many areas and requires intellectual flexibility and a methodical approach.
Mathematics has a clear influence on accountancy, architecture, biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, finance, physics, etc. At the same time it is an active field of research in its own right.
The course is divided into three components or assessment objectives:
• Use and apply standard techniques (40% of total).
• Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically (30% of total).
• Solve problems within Mathematics and in other contexts (30% of total).
What skills do I need?
You need to be able to make deduction from mathematical information, construct chains of reasoning, present arguments and proofs and interpret and communicate information accurately.
How is the course assessed?
The course is divided into three parts:
Paper 1 written exam non calculator 1 hour 30 minutes 33.33% weighting
Paper 2 written exam calculator permitted 1 hour 30 minutes 33.33% weighting
Paper 3 written exam calculator permitted 1 hour 30 minutes 33.33% weighting
(provided by college)
Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics. Higher Student Book
Published by Pearson Education, ISBN 9781447980209
Exam Board and Specification Codes
Pearson-Edexcel 1MA1 Higher or Foundation