Maths IGCSE Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials and Online Content
Self-Study Time:Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

The Maths IGCSE Course gently guides the student through basic mathematical skills, progressing on to more advanced material as the students skills and abilities develop.

This home study course covers the intermediate tier and students have an optional section for the Higher Tier so you can choose which tier would be most suitable. The course also includes free access to Twig educational videos and the course will refer to specific videos to support your learning and offer greater context to your studies.

The course enables students to:

  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and techniques.
  • Acquire a foundation of mathematical skills for further study in the subject or related areas.
  • Enjoy using and applying mathematical techniques and concepts, and become confident to use mathematics to solve problems.
  • Appreciate the importance of mathematics in society, employment and study.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. The courses consist of twelve modules with fifty-two lessons in total which have twelve tutor marked assignments (TMAs) which include 2 practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

The Maths IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics (4MA1) Specification for examinations in May/June 2021 or later years.

The course covers both the foundation and higher tier levels and it is a personal choice which you decide to complete. You only need to decide which tier to choose when you arrange your exams, and this can be discussed with your tutor as you progress with your studies. Some students may only need to obtain a Grade 4 or 5 if they are progressing onto a further education course, in which case you would probably be best sitting the foundation papers while some courses such as a Maths A Level may only accept students if they have completed the IGCSE at higher tier.

The assessment for both the foundation and higher tier levels are by two written examinations. There is no coursework with this specification.

  • Paper 1 - Maths 1 (2 Hours) is 50% of the total marks. The paper is a written paper (with calculator)
  • Paper 2 - Maths 2 (2 Hours) is 50% of the total marks. The paper is a written paper (with calculator)
Maths IGCSE Course Syllabus

The Maths IGCSE Home Study Course covers both the Foundation and Higher Tier syllabus so students can choose which exam they want to take.

The course is Divided into Twelve Modules Containing 52 Lessons:

Maths IGCSE Course: Foundation Tier Subjects
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Numbers; Prime Numbers, Factors and Fractions; Decimals, Approximations and Accuracy; and Indices.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Ratios and Percentages; Interest; and Other Money Matters.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Time, Distance and Speed; and Measurements and Money.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Basic Algebra; Factorisation; Fractions and Equations; Equations in Action; Formulae; and Inequalities and Accuracy.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Angles, Straight Lines and Symmetry; Triangles; Quadrilaterals and Polygons; Transformations; and The Circle.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Mensuration; Geometrical Constructions and Solid Figures; 3D Geometry: Nets, Capacity and Volume; Trigonometry (1); Bearings; and Introduction to Probability.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Tables and Diagrams; Graphs and Gradients; Plotting Graphs; Introduction to Statistics; and Statistics and Sets.
Maths IGCSE Course: Higher Tier Subjects
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Experiments and Surveys; Further Probability; and Testing a Hypothesis.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Numbers and Indices; More on Probability: Tree Diagrams; Solving Equations; Sine and Cosine Graphs; Formulae and Fractions; Brackets, Indices, etc; and Inequalities and Graphwork.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Further Geometry; Chords, Tangents and Polygons; Vectors; Trigonometry (2); Trigonometry (3): the Sine Rule and the Cosine Rule; and Trigonometry (4): Circles and Other Geometric Shapes.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Further Graphwork; Gradients, Velocity and Acceleration; Cumulative Frequency; Sets and Venn Diagrams; and Functions.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Revision for your Examination.
Twig Resources

Twig ResourcesAs part of this ocurse you will also receive access to Twig resources as part of your course materials. Twig is an award-winning international resource of educational films, and gives you access to three-minute films for Science, as well as worksheets, lesson plans, quizzes and diagrams. To access the Twig resources, you will need an email account, internet access and a password which will be supplied to you after enrolment.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

Additional Reading

The Maths IGCSE course contains a number of tests and activities so no additional reading is required. If students feel further reading or practice is required then additional recommended reading is detailed within the course.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Edexcel IGCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All Edexcel specification IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. Most IGCSE examination centres in the UK will be independent or private schools who are offering that specification. Edexcel IGCSE exams can also be sat in over 150 countries through International Schools or British Consulates.

We offer course materials and tutor support although we don't offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their exams. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the Edexcel page for private candidates.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

Most IGCSE examinations are only available in the Summer examination window although some exams (Sciences and Maths) can be sat in a January examination window. We recommend students aim for the Summer examination window as there are less centres available for the January exams. If students are aiming towards the January exams, we recommend finding a centre before enrolling on the course. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards for all IGCSE Courses is now Summer 2023.

Any student aiming for the Summer 2023 examination window will need to be enrolled by 15 November 2022. Students can aim towards Summer 2024 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

January 2023 Examination Window: Some IGCSEs also have a winter exam sitting in January. These include English Language, English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics. The closing date for learners enroling and aiming for January 2023 examinations is 31 May 2022.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

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