Mathematics is often used to simply mean numeracy but there is much more to this core subject than just being able to add up! Studying mathematics enables us to develop our ability to think logically and develop well-reasoned responses. Mathematics supports our understanding of the real world and the way we describe it and it also allows us to make sense of the huge amounts of data which we now have to deal with.
You will study the following units for IGCSE Mathematics:
Number – manipulation of integers, fractions, percentages, decimals, powers and roots with consideration of accuracy and application to real-world situations.
Algebra – Use and manipulation of symbols to represent variable values and how to interpret expressions and solve equations using both algebraic and graphical techniques
Geometry – looks at shape space and measure including how to draw accurate diagrams, the properties of circles, how to identify common shapes and use their properties to solve problems.
Statistics –how to make sense of data including how to represent data graphically and how to give basic summary information about the data. Probability – the likelihood that an event will happen – is also studied and you will consider how data can be used to provide sensible estimates for probabilities.
The exam is externally assessed by two 2-hour papers. There are two levels of entry, Foundation (Grades C – G) and Higher (A* – D). Calculators are permitted for all examinations. Each paper will have approximately equal marks available for each of the targeted grades with the weighting by topic as shown:
|Number and Algebra||55%|
Attaining a GCSE in mathematics is a pre-requisite to many further education courses and careers even if there is little mathematical content within the area of study or work. If you enjoy mathematics, then a good grade will provide you with the opportunity to progress to the further study of mathematics, typically A-level. This level of qualification will support many areas of academic interest such as science, medicine, engineering and computing.