Exam Board AQA Level 2
The IGCSE Further Mathematics course builds upon the content of GCSE Mathematics. It is designed to stretch and challenge high achieving mathematicians who are expected to achieve the top grades in GCSE Mathematics and are likely to progress to study A-level Mathematics and possibly Further Mathematics.
The course takes some topics from GCSE further, with more challenging exercises and problem-solving questions, and it also introduces some topics that are not covered on the GCSE syllabus.
Entry Requirements: This course is only suitable for strong mathematicians who would be expecting to gain a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE. A confident grasp of algebra is essential. It is an intensive course, taught in one lesson per week for the two years of GCSE, and as such some independent learning will be required. Students will need to be self-motivated and also to have a real interest in and enjoyment of Mathematics.
The course covers topics in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Graphs, Calculus and Matrices. There is work to stretch and challenge students on areas of Mathematics that may already be familiar as well as the introduction of some new topics.
The IGCSE Further Mathematics course provides an excellent grounding for students wishing to take Mathematics (and Further Mathematics) at A level. It also supports and consolidates much of the work covered in the GCSE Mathematics syllabus.
The course is assessed through two written papers, each of 1 hour 45 minutes. Paper 1 is a non-calculator paper.