Mathematics

Specification

Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics

(KMAO)

First examination June 2012

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Acknowledgements

This specification has been produced by Edexcel on the basis of consultation with teachers, examiners, consultants and other interested parties. Edexcel would like to thank all those who contributed their time and expertise to its development.

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Prepared by Sharon Wood

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Introduction

The Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics is designed for use in schools and colleges. It is part of a suite of qualifications offered by Edexcel.

Key subject aims

The Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Mathematics qualification enables students to:

develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques

acquire a foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas

enjoy using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident to use mathematics to solve problems

appreciate the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.

Key features and benefits of the specification

Key features and benefits are:

tiers of entry that allow students to be entered for the appropriate level

questions designed to be accessible to students of all abilities within that tier

papers that are balanced for topics and difficulty

equivalent to the levels of Edexcel’s UK GCSE in Mathematics

a full range of teacher support

a solid basis for students wishing to progress to Edexcel AS and Advanced GCE Level, or equivalent qualifications.

Contents

Specification at a glance

1

External assessment

2

Calculators

3

Qualification content

5

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) criteria

5

Knowledge, skills and understanding

5

Papers 1F and 2F (Foundation Tier)

7

Papers 3H and 4H (Higher Tier)

Assessment

25

39

Assessment summary

39

Assessment objectives and weightings

40

Relationship of assessment objectives to papers for Level 1/Level 2 Certificate

41

Entering your students for assessment

41

Student entry

41

Forbidden combinations

41

Classification code

42

Access arrangements and special requirements

42

Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

42

Assessing your students

42

Awarding and reporting

43

Language of assessment

43

Malpractice and plagiarism

43

Student recruitment

43

Prior learning

43

Progression

44

Grade descriptions

45

Support and training

47

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