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IGCSE Mathematics

IGCSE Mathematics is a core subject for all students at St Edmund’s College, and we follow the Edexcel IGCSE syllabus, which covers the following four themes:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Geometry
  4. Statistics

The qualification is structured and assessed in the following way:

  • Two tiers are available: Foundation and Higher
  • The qualification consists of two equally-weighted written examination papers at either Foundation tier or Higher tier
  • In both papers a calculator is allowed
  • Each paper is two hours long and has 100 marks
  • The content outlined for each tier will be assessed across both papers.
  • Each paper will cover all Assessment Objectives, in the percentages outlined below for each tier
  • Each paper has a range of question types; some questions will be set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts
  • The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across both papers where 9 is the highest grade
  • Individual papers are not graded
  • In the Foundation tier the grades 1 to 5 are available and in the Higher tier pupils can achieved grades 4 to 9


Head of Department Mrs H Fraser
Syllabus Edexcel IGCSE A 4MA1



Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the environment and development, and in public decision making.
The National Curriculum