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GCSE Mathematics

Mathematics (EDEXCEL IGCSE specification 4MA1)

The Course

The course involves work in areas that you have studied already in your Mathematics lessons:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

By the end of the course you will have developed the ability to:

  • acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in everyday and real-world situations
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

Assessment

This course is assessed by two equally weighted written papers, two hours in length, taken at the end of Year 11. The papers are externally assessed; both papers are calculator papers. There is no coursework and no controlled assessment.

The examination questions fall into three categories:

i. Ones where you are required to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in number and algebra (about 60%).

ii. Questions where you need to demonstrate your understanding and skills in shape and space (about 25-%).

iii. Questions where you need to interpret and analyse problems in data handling ( about 15%).

Tiers of Entry

This course is assessed by two equally weighted written papers, two hours in length, taken at the end of Year 11. The papers are externally assessed; both papers are calculator papers. There is no coursework and no controlled assessment.

There are two tiers of entry – Higher (grades 9 – 4) and Foundation (grades 5 – 1). Pupils are usually entered for the Higher tier.

Why Study Mathematics?

This qualification in Mathematics encourages you to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in your own life and in society. Key algebra topics are introduced and developing a full mastery of these topics is normally a strong indication of your future suitability for studying Mathematics at A Level.

A good grade in IGCSE Mathematics is essential to continue studying Mathematics into the Sixth Form. It is useful for all Science subjects and many others such as Geography and Economics.

Opportunities

Some students may choose to study ‘Additional Mathematics’ in Year 11 along with their IGCSE Mathematics. This provides an introduction to the Mathematics studied at A Level.

Students in the top sets will be entered into the Intermediate Mathematics Challenge during Years 10 and 11. A team of four students will also enter the Year 10 Team Challenge competition held locally.

There is also an opportunity to attend some Inspirational Mathematics lectures in Cambridge during the course of the GCSE. These will be of interest to those who may wish to study Mathematics or Physics in the Sixth Form.

In Year 11, following the mock IGCSE examinations, the department will tailor revision to the needs of the group, focusing lesson time on practising the skills needed and tackling past papers.