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What is Mathematics?

GCSE content builds upon subject content which is taught at KS3: number, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics. In addition to the four key GCSE content areas, the IGCSE specification includes calculus (only differentiation and its application to motion of a particle).  The IGCSE content should be taught over a period of two years but we condense it into one year particularly for international students. This makes it very intensive and will require great commitment from students enrolling for this course.

What will I study?

GCSE Mathematics specifications for all the examination board cover the following content for both the Foundation and Higher Tier:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

IGCSE Mathematics content:

IGCSE Foundation Tier IGCSE Higher Tier
·         Numbers and the number system

·         Equations, formulae and identities

·         Sequences, functions and graphs

·         Geometry and trigonometry

·         Vectors and transformation geometry

·         Statistics and probability

·         Numbers and the number system

·         Equations, formulae and identities

·         Sequences, functions and graphs (and calculus)

·         Geometry and trigonometry

·         Vectors and transformation geometry

·         Statistics and probability

What will I gain from studying the subject?

Both the GCSE and IGCSE specifications in mathematics should enable students to:

  • Develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • Acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
  • Recall, select and apply mathematical formulas

GCSE Mathematics provides a strong mathematical foundation for A Level and beyond.

How is it assessed?

GCSE (9-1) Mathematics assessment

 

Tier Topic Area/ Weighting Weighting
Foundation

Paper 1F (80 marks)

(non – calculator)

Paper 2F (80 marks)

(Calculator)

Paper 3F (80 marks)

(Calculator)

Number

Algebra

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change

Geometry and Measures

Statistics & Probability

22 – 28%

17 – 23%

22 – 28%

12 – 18%

12 – 18%

Higher

Paper 1H (80 marks)

(non – calculator)

Paper 2H (80 marks)

(Calculator)

Paper 3H (80 marks)

(Calculator)

Number

Algebra

Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change

Geometry and Measures

Statistics & Probability

12 – 18%

27 – 33%

17 – 23%

17 – 23%

12 – 18%

 

IGCSE (9-1) Mathematics Assessment

Tier Paper Weighting Duration
Foundation 1F (Calc) 50% of the qualification targeted at grades 5 – 1 2 hours
2F

(Calc)

50% of the qualification targeted at grades 5 – 1 2 hours
Higher 3H

(Calc)

50% of the qualification targeted at grades 9 – 4 with 3 allowed 2 hours
4H

(Calc)

50% of the qualification targeted at grades 9 – 4 with 3 allowed 2 hours

 

Exam Board: Edexcel

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When can I sit this qualification?

This qualification is available in January and June.