Upper School (IGCSEs)

International IGCSE Additional Mathematics


The International GCSE Additional Mathematics syllabus at Cambridge Home School is designed to support learners in building competency, confidence and fluency in their use of techniques and mathematical understanding. This course helps learners to develop a feel for quantity, patterns and relationships. Learners will develop their reasoning, problem-solving and analytical skills in a variety of contexts.

It provides a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge both for students studying mathematics at a higher level and those who will require mathematics to support skills in other subjects. It is designed to stretch the most able candidates and provides a smooth transition to A Level Mathematics, as well as supporting mathematical understanding in the sciences and engineering.


Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.


Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, or researching key concepts.


Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally, the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

Students will study the following topics:

1  Functions
2  Quadratic functions
3  Equations, inequalities and graphs
4  Indices and surds
5  Factors of polynomials
6  Simultaneous equations
7  Logarithmic and exponential functions
8  Straight line graphs
9  Circular measure
10  Trigonometry
11  Permutations and combinations
12  Series
13  Vectors in two dimensions
14  Differentiation and integration

The content of Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is assumed as prerequisite knowledge for this qualification.

Class sizes will be small, no more than 10 students. Lessons take place on Microsoft Teams where students can see and hear each other and the teacher.  A typical lesson will consist of time spent lecturing and discussing key concepts, in which the student will be expected to take notes and engage in the discussion, alongside time spent answering questions and solving problems, both alone and working with the rest of the class. The problems will come from a variety of sources including past exam papers and textbooks.

Homework will be set weekly and should be completed promptly, online if possible, or on paper, scanned and uploaded for marking where necessary.

A scientific calculator is mandatory. Students will be expected to take notes so lined or squared paper will be also be necessary, alongside a ruler, protractor and drawing compass. A printer and scanner will also be useful.

Nothing mandatory as we expect the lessons to be self-contained, but the officially recommended textbook to support the course, which contains all the information and practice questions necessary to pass the exam, is:

Cambridge IGCSE™ and O Level Additional Mathematics Coursebook, by Sue Pemberton (Author), published by Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 978-1108411660

Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s examinations at their local registered examination centre. Cambridge Home School students study from every part of the globe and so it is not practical for the school to offer a single venue to sit examinations. Consequently, Cambridge Home School is not registered with Cambridge International Examinations, but has partnerships with examination centres registered with Cambridge International Examinations, Edexcel, OCR and AQA, and will support students in locating a suitable venue for sitting their written examinations.

The Teacher

From Mrs. Smith

I am a highly trained, qualified maths teacher with 24 years teaching experience. I have a fine record of motivating pupils to outstanding success in mathematics examinations.

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Mrs Smith- Online School Cambridge - GCSE A Level Maths