Edexcel iGCSE Maths

Edexcel iGCSE mathsEdexcel International GCSE (iGCSE) Maths

Now that regular GCSEs have changed to be harder and with a new grading system, the international GCSEs from Edexcel have had to follow suit. So there are now three Maths iGCSE courses. There’s a video below from Edexcel that explains the changes, but I’ll summarise them briefly here.

Key facts:

  • iGCSEs used to be thought of as a bit  harder than ‘normal’ GCSEs. This is not longer the case because regular GCSEs have become quite a bit more challenging
  • There are three new Maths iGCSE courses, Maths A, B and Further Pure Maths.

Mathematics A (4MA1):

This course is similar to the old iGCSE Maths course. There are two equally weighted papers which can be taken at either foundation or higher tier.

Mathematics B:

This course is for higher tier students only and is designed to stretch the more able. Paper 1 is 1.5 hours in length with shorter questions. Paper 2 is 2.5 hours in length with extended answers to
more in-depth questions – useful preparation for the extended problems encountered at A Level.

Further Pure Mathematics:

This is excellent preparation for A level. It will usually be taken by Mathematically gifted students who will progress to GCE A level or International Advanced Level Mathematics. This is because
the specification topics cover elements of the content that can be found in Core/Pure units of the GCE A level and International Advanced Level Mathematics.

Download this guide to Edexcel’s iGCSE maths courses.


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