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.
- 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.
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.