# Gcse mathematics 1ma0 linear and international gcse

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GCSE Mathematics (1MA1) and International GCSE Mathematics (4MA1):

a comparison

|GCSE (9–1) Mathematics (1MA1) |International GCSE Mathematics (4MA0) |

|Assessment model |Assessment model |

|Externally assessed |Externally assessed |

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|Assessed June and November |Assessed January and June |

|(NB November is resit and post-16 only) | |

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|Two tiers: Foundation and Higher (no mixing between tiers) |Two tiers: Foundation and Higher (no mixing between tiers) |

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|Three papers: 1F, 2F and 3F (grades 5–1), |Two papers: 1F and 2F (grades 5–1), |

|or 1H, 2H and 3H (grades 9–4) |or 3H and 4H (grades 9–4) |

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|Papers 1F and 1H are non-calculator |Calculators can be used in all papers |

|Papers 2F, 3F, 2H and 3H are calculator | |

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|Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long |Each paper is 2 hours long |

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|Each paper contains 80 marks |Each paper contains 100 marks |

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|Each paper is 33% of the total marks |Each paper is 50% of the total marks |

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|At Higher tier, half of the marks are targeted at grades 4–6 and half at|At Higher tier, each paper will have approximately 40% of the marks |

|grades 7–9; at Foundation tier, half of the marks are targeted at grades|distributed evenly over grades 4 and 5 and approximately 60% of the |

|1–low 3 and half at grades high 3–5 |marks distributed evenly over grades 6–9; at Foundation tier, each paper|

| |will have approximately equal marks available for each of the targeted |

| |grades. |

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| |There will be approximately 40% of questions targeted at grades 4 and 5,|

|There will be some common questions targeted at grades 4 and 5, across |across papers 1F and 3H and papers 2F and 4H |

|papers 1F/1H, papers 2F/2H, and papers 3F/3H | |

| |The Foundation tier papers contain slightly more number than algebra |

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| |The Higher tier papers contain considerably more algebra than number |

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| |No functional element requirement but the question papers will still |

| |contain questions that are set in a real-life context |

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|No functional element requirement but the question papers will still |A formulae sheet is provided at the front of each exam paper. |

|contain questions that are set in a real-life context as part of AO3 | |

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|Formulae are provided as required within the relevant examination | |

|questions. | |

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|Weighting of assessment objectives and topics |Weighting of assessment objectives and topics |

|Three Assessment Objectives |Three Assessment Objectives |

|(weightings in brackets) |(weightings in brackets) |

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|AO1 – use and apply standard techniques (50% Foundation; 40% Higher) |AO1 – demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in number and |

| |algebra (57–63%) |

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|AO2 – reason, interpret and communicate mathematically |AO2 – demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in shape, space |

|(25% Foundation; 30% Higher) |and measures (22–28%) |

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|AO3 – solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts |AO3 – demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in handling data |

|(25% Foundation; 30% Higher) |(12–18%) |

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|Topic areas will be weighted as follows: |Problem-solving and mathematical reasoning will be weighted as follows: |

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|Number |Problem solving (25% Foundation, |

|(22–28% Foundation, 12–18% Higher) |30% Higher) |

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|Algebra |Mathematical reasoning (15% Foundation, 20% Higher) |

|(17–23% Foundation, 27–33% Higher) | |

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|Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change | |

|(22–28% Foundation, 17–23% Higher) | |

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|Geometry and Measures | |

|(12–18% Foundation, 17–23% Higher) | |

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|Statistics and Probability | |

|(12–18% Foundation, 17–23% Higher) | |

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|Additional Content |Additional Content |

|Topics included in the GCSE, but not included in the IGCSE: |One major topic included in the IGCSE, but not included in the GCSE: |

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|error intervals |calculus (differentiation only) |

|nth term of quadratic sequences | |

|exponential growth |Three smaller topics included in the IGCSE, but not included in the |

|exponential functions |GCSE: |

|equation of a circle | |

|equation of a tangent to a circle at a given point |the intersecting chords theorem |

|areas under graphs |modulus of a vector |

|find approximate solutions to equations numerically using iteration |sum of first n terms of an arithmetic series |

|product rule of counting | |

|congruence criteria | |

|proofs of circle theorems | |

|construct a perpendicular from a point to a line | |

|loci | |

|negative scale factors | |

|plans and elevations | |

|two-way tables | |

|class interval containing the median | |

|scatter graphs, including lines of best fit | |

|correlation | |

|box plots | |

|stem and leaf diagrams | |

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