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Mathematics, as a major intellectual tradition, is a subject appreciated as much for its beauty as for its power. The enduring qualities of such abstract concepts as symmetry, proof, and change have been developed through 4000 years of intellectual effort. Like language, religion, and music, Mathematics is a key part of human culture.

IGCSE Mathematics is an examination designed for a wide ability range. It provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skill, and understanding. To achieve this, Mathematics is examined at two levels, referred to as the Core curriculum and the Extended curriculum.

The Core curriculum recognises positive achievement in areas of Mathematics which are useful in everyday life and employment. The Extended curriculum is intended for mathematically able students, who are likely to go on to further study in Mathematics. The Accelerated Extended course is for the most gifted students in Mathematics, who then study AS-level topics during Year 11.
Your child will be placed in the appropriate tier at the start of Year 10 based on their Key Stage 3 progress.

Courses and grades available for next academic year.

Core (2 years)

C, D, E, F, G

Extended (2 years)

A*, A, B, C, D, E

Accelerated Extended (1 year)

A*, A, B, C, D, E

Please note that in order for your child to continue Mathematics at A-Level we recommend at least a B grade in the Extended course. Students who follow the Core course can not access the A-Level course.


The examination consists of two papers, each covering all of the topics in the course. The first paper consists mainly of short questions; the second includes longer, structured questions. Those students failing to achieve a G on Core or an E on Extended will be ungraded. It is therefore important that students are entered at the appropriate level.

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Mathematics is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences, such as Physics and Computing. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life. As society becomes more technically dependent, there will be an increasing requirement for people with a high level of mathematical training. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. The study of mathematics provides you with a broad range of skills in problem-solving, logical reasoning and flexible thinking. This leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature. Whatever your career plans, or if you have no plans at present, the study of Mathematics provides you with particularly good job prospects.

Key Stage 4 Mathematics