Cambridge IGCSE Subject Briefs: Mathematics (Without Coursework)
This subject brief focuses on Mathematics without coursework at both Core and Extended level.
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Mathematics is taught throughout a student’s school life, so when students face IGCSE, they are not surprised to see they have to continue taking the subject. However, there is an important aspect that students need to take into account.
IGCSE Mathematics is offered at two different levels – Core and Extended. These two options follow two separate curriculums, but they are very similar. In short, the Extended curriculum covers everything in the Core curriculum, plus a few extra subtopics. There are also other differences, as you will see in this brief.
Both the Core and Extended curricula follow the same nine topics, which are:
Each topic has a series of subtopics which you can see in detail in the Cambridge syllabus. The Core curriculum covers fewer subtopics compared to the Extended curriculum.
Assessment and Grading:
Like most IGCSEs, students are graded on a scale from A* to E. However, Core candidates cannot achieve a grade higher than C. Students intending to get a C or above at IGCSE level should aim to do Extended Mathematics.