Mathematics

Mathematics is not about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms: it is about understanding.” – William Paul Thurston

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level in Mathematics (YMA01)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination: The course is examined in January and June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING

Unit P1 – Written examination 90 minutes  (16 2/3 % of qualification, 75 marks)

Unit P2 – Written examination 90 minutes  (16 2/3 % of qualification, 75 marks)

Unit M1 – Written examination 90 minutes  (16 2/3 % of qualification, 75 marks)

Unit P3 – Written examination 90 minutes  (16 2/3 % of qualification, 75 marks)

Unit P4 – Written examination 90 minutes  (16 2/3 % of qualification, 75 marks)

Unit S1 – Written examination 90 minutes  (16 2/3 % of qualification, 75 marks)

Exam Papers % of IAL Assessment overview
P1 – (Jan Y12) 16 2/3 75 marks distributed across 9 or 10 questions. The later questions usually carry the most number of marks.
P2 – (June Y12) 16 2/3 75 marks distributed across 9 or 10 questions. The later questions usually carry the most number of marks.
M1 – (June Y13) 16 2/3 75 marks distributed across 8 questions. The later questions may carry the most number of marks.
P3 – (Jan Y13) 16 2/3 75 marks distributed across 9 or 10 questions. The later questions usually carry the most number of marks.
P4 – (June Y13) 16 2/3 75 marks distributed across 9 or 10 questions. The later questions may carry the most number of marks.
S1 – (June Y13) 16 2/3 75 marks distributed across 6 or 7 questions. The later questions usually carry the most number of marks.

WIDER READING

  • Kanigel, R. (2013). The Man Who Knew Infinity. Simon and Schuster
  • Singh, S. (2002). The Code Book: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, Or Crack it. Delacorte Press
  • Velleman, D.J. (2019). How to prove it: A structured approach. Cambridge University Press

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