The Mathematics 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 12 modules with 52 lessons in total and includes 12 tutor marked assignments (TMAs) including 2 practice exam assignments.

Twig Resources

Twig WorldWe hope that students of this course will also take the opportunity to learn from the wealth of Twig resources to which this course is linked. Twig have produced more than a thousand educational films, particularly for science, maths and geography and these complement the lesson materials here to enhance the learning experience. To view the films, you will need an e-mail account, internet access and a password, supplied to you after enrolment.

The Syllabus:

The Maths IGCSE course is designed to prepare students for the Edexcel IGCSE in Mathematics (Syllabus 4MA1) for examinations in May/June 2020 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).

The course consists of the following units:

Foundation Level:

  • Module 1: Numbers
  • Module 2: Money
  • Module 3: Measurement
  • Module 4: Basic Algebra
  • Module 5: Basic Geometry
  • Module 6: Further Geometry and Trigonometry; Probability
  • Module 7: Graphwork and Statistics
  • Module 12: Your Exam

Additional units to be studied by students aiming for the higher tier:

  • Module 8: Probability and Experimental Work
  • Module 9: Further Numbers and Equations
  • Module 10: Advanced Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Module 11: Further Graphwork, Statistics and Number Work


There are no prerequisites for starting this course.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course. We do have an alternative IGCSE course option for students who are under 18. Please email us if you require additional information about this alternative course. 

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.

Student Support:

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.

Examination Centres:

All IGCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we are not an examination centre. An Examinations Officer can assist with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms for all registered students but we do not book exams on behalf of students.

If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the IGCSE Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

IGCSE Examination Fees:

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. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres by contacting Edexcel .

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study any of our home study courses from anywhere in the world. The IGCSE is offered to students in over 150 countries. We advise contacting the British Council or your local schools and colleges to enquire if they can offer the Edexcel IGCSE examinations.

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