The Mathematics curriculum in Years 10 – 11 is based on the University of Cambridge International general Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). It aims to further develop the mathematical concepts and principles of the students. Students learn to apply Mathematics in other subjects, particularly science and technology and they acquire a foundation appropriate to their further study of Mathematics and other disciplines.
Mathematical thinking is important for all members of a modern society as a habit of mind for its use in the workplace, business and finance; and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics. It equips the students with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world.
Mathematics is a creative discipline. The language of mthematics is international. The subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universaly recognised. Mathematics has developed over time as a means of solving problems and also for its own sake.
This is a relatively new curriculum and qualification to prepare students to use the power of Mathematics in an increasingly technological world. Students are expected to use a graphic calculator.
• Transformations and vectors in 2 dimensions
• Coordinate geometry
Extended examinations: Grades available A* -E
Paper 2: short response questions, no calculator examination, 45mins
Paper 4: medium to extended response questions, 2hours 15mins
Paper 6: investigation and modeling questions, 1 hour 30 minues
IGCSE Mathematics Syllabus (Set 2 - 4)
• Matrices and transformations
• Sets, vectors and functions
• Statistics and probability
Core examination. Grades available: C to G
Paper 1: short answer questions, one hour exam
Paper 3: structured questions, two hour exam
Extended examination: Grades available: A* - E
Paper 2: short answer questions, one and a half hour exam
Paper 4: structured questions, two and a half hour exam
IGCSE Additional Mathematics Syllabus
The Additional Mathematics Syllabus is intended for high ability candidates who have achieved , or are likely to achieve Grade A*, A or B in the IGCSE Mathematics examination. The curriculum objectives are therefore assessed at one level only (Extended).
• Functions - quadratic, logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric
• Indices and surds
• Factors and polynomials
• Straight line graphs
• Circular measure
• Permutations and combinations
• Binomial expansions
• Differentiation and integration
Extended examinations :Grades available : A* to E
Paper 2 : questions of various lengths, two hour exam
Paper 4 : questions of various lengths, two hour exam
Comparison of IGCSE Results (A*- B)
June 2011 exam: Uplands 98%
World average: 75.6%
June 2010 exam : Uplands 78%
World average : 52%
IGCSE Additional Mathematics
June 2011 exam: Uplands 100%
World average: 83.6%