St Bees School



Course Overview 

Mathematics encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as a strong basis for more advanced study.

The syllabus aims to build learners’ confidence by helping them develop competence and fluency with mathematical concepts, methods and skills, as well as a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships. It also places a strong emphasis on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Learners also gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.

Course Modules 

The course follows the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus. There are four main areas of study which focus on several different topics. These are summarised below:


  • Reviewing number concepts
  • Fractions and standard form
  • Sequences and sets
  • Understanding measurement
  • Managing money
  • Ratio, rate, and proportion

Algebra and Equations:

  •  Making sense of algebra
  •  Equations and rearranging formulae
  • Straight lines and quadratic equations
  • Further solving of equations and inequalities
  • Curved graphs
  • More equations, formulae, and functions

Geometry and Shapes:

  • Pythagoras’ theorem and similar shapes
  • Lines, angles and shapes
  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Scale drawings, bearings, and trigonometry
  • Symmetry
  • Vectors and transformations

Probability and Statistics:

  • Collecting, organising, and displaying data
  • Introduction to probability
  • Averages and measures of spread
  • Scatter diagrams and correlation
  • Histograms and frequency density diagrams
  • Probability using tree diagrams and Venn diagrams

How You Will Be Assessed 

The course is assessed through written examinations at the end of the two-year course. All candidates take two papers.

Candidates who have studied the Core syllabus content, or who are expected to achieve a grade D or below, will be entered for Paper 1 and Paper 3. These candidates will be eligible for grades C to G.

Candidates who have studied the Extended syllabus content and who are expected to achieve a grade C or above will be entered for Paper 2 and Paper 4. These candidates will be eligible for grades A* to E.

  • Papers 1 and 2 are short-answer questions and will make up 35% of the overall assessment mark.
  • Papers 3 and 4 are longer, structured questions and will make up 65% of the overall assessment mark.

University Courses and Career Paths 

A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, A level Physics, Chemistry and Biology, A Level Economics, BTEC in Engineering or any STEM related vocational qualification.

Degree opportunities include: Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Programming, Chemistry, and more