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Mathematics Intermediate 1 (C100 10 & C101 10)

Mathematics

In order to ensure the accurate and complete transfer of data to and from centres, codes and titles for entry to Courses in Mathematics with optional routes have been introduced to reflect the options chosen by candidates. The codes detailed below must be used.

C100 10  Mathematics: Maths 1, 2 and 3

This Course comprises three mandatory Units, as follows:

D321 10 Mathematics 1 (Int 1) 1 credit (40 hours)
D322 10 Mathematics 2 (Int 1) 1 credit (40 hours)
D323 10 Mathematics 3 (Int 1) 1 credit (40 hours)

C101 10 Mathematics: Maths 1, 2 and Applications

This Course comprises three mandatory Units, as follows:

D321 10 Mathematics 1 (Int 1) 1 credit (40 hours)
D322 10 Mathematics 2 (Int 1) 1 credit (40 hours)
D324 10 Applications of Mathematics (Int 1) 1 credit (40 hours)

Course outline

The Intermediate 1 Course is designed to articulate with the knowledge and skills developed in Standard Grade Mathematics at Foundation level and the Unit Using Mathematics 3 at Access 3.

As with all mathematics Courses, Intermediate 1 Mathematics aims to build upon and extend candidates’ mathematics in a way that recognises problem solving as an essential skill and enables them to integrate their knowledge of different aspects of the subject.

The Intermediate 1 Mathematics Course, which contains Mathematics 1, 2 and 3 is designed to meet the needs of candidates who wish to progress to Intermediate 2 Mathematics. In this Course, the emphasis is placed on developing an appreciation of the power of mathematical language and the efficiency of algorithms in preparation for the Intermediate 2 Course.

Mathematics 1 and 2 taken together with Applications of Mathematics form the basis of a Course designed to meet the needs of candidates who require a mathematics qualification at Intermediate 1, but who do not intend to proceed to a mathematics Course at Intermediate 2. The Course aims to enhance candidates’ skills in applying their mathematics in a range of contexts with the emphasis on real-life applications.

Course assessment

To gain the award of the Course, the candidate must pass all the Unit assessments as well as the external assessment. External assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.

The external assessment will take the form of an examination of duration one hour and 30 minutes. Candidates will sit either an examination assessing Mathematics 1, 2 and 3, or one assessing Mathematics 1, 2 and Applications of Mathematics. The external examination will test the candidates’ ability to retain and integrate mathematical knowledge across the component Units of the Course. Each examination will consist of two papers, one of which will not allow the use of a calculator. The two papers will contain a balance of short questions designed mainly to test knowledge and understanding, and extended response questions which also assess problem solving skills. These two styles of questions will include ones which are set in more complex contexts to provide evidence for performance at grades A and B. The papers will be designed so that approximately 65% of the marks will be opportunities at grade C.

The non calculator paper will be of 35 minutes duration, with a total of 30 marks. The calculator paper will be of 55 minutes duration, with a total of 50 marks.

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