DajanaMaths, Further Maths, Economics
I achieved A* in all subjects including full marks in the Economics papers. I even got a prize from the exam board!"
Why study Mathematics?
Questions often arise asking about the need to learn Mathematics, the application of algebra and other skills obtained whilst studying the subject and its usefulness in our daily life and future careers.
The skills that you learn in any Mathematics course may be applicable in life even if you are not studying to become an engineer or an accountant. Many entry-level jobs require employees to have some knowledge of Mathematics. Even understanding the basic mathematical functions can be advantageous.
Here is a list of important skills obtained from learning Mathematics:
- The ability to identify and analyse patterns
- Logic and critical thinking skills
- Ability to see relationships
- Problem solving skills
- Number, fractions, decimals and ratios, factors, powers and roots
- Formulas and equations, inequalities, graphs, quadratic equations, sequences
- Collecting data, averages, representing data, probability
Shape, space and measures
- Shapes, coordinates, transformations and vectors, calculating lengths, areas and angles, measurements
The course will enable you to:
- develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques;
- acquire a foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or in related areas;
- enjoy using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident in using Mathematics to solve problems;
- appreciate the importance of Mathematics in your study, in society and in employment.
How is it assessed?
The course is designed to meet the requirements of Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics syllabus. Assessment comprises two written papers, each of two hours. There is no coursework.
Mostly we prepare our students for the higher tier curriculum, which will give you the best chance of gaining grades A* - C. We also offer the course at foundation level for those who feel more comfortable with that. The highest grade achievable at foundation level is grade C. The exam is offered in both January and June of each year.
Related Careers/University courses
A good grounding in Mathematics is vital if you wish to enter university or embark on a career. A grade C or better in IGCSE or GCSE Maths provides evidence that you have the numeracy skills to succeed.
Smith A: IGCSE Mathematics for Edexcel (Hodder Murray 2008) ISBN 9780340945414
Turner D, Potts I, Waite W and Hony V: Longman Mathematics for IGCSE Book 1 (Longman, 2005) ISBN 9781405802116
Turner D, Potts I, Waite W and Hony: Longman Mathematics for IGCSE Book 2 (Longman, 2005) ISBN 9781405802123