Upper School (IGCSEs)



The International GCSE Mathematics syllabus at Cambridge Home School is designed to prioritise the learning of mathematical knowledge in this fundamental and essential subject. Skills are then developed to empower pupils to employ the knowledge gained. The syllabus builds confidence by helping pupils to recognise patterns and relationships, and offering opportunities for getting a feel for numbers. The confidence, knowledge, understanding and skills are then used to problem solve, interpret and present results. Mathematical concepts gained from the syllabus develop reasoning and communication skills.

The CIE International GCSE Mathematics course (Extended syllabus) will be followed, which is a fully accredited internationally recognised qualification. The topics covered in the syllabus are Numbers, Algebra & Graphs, Geometry, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Matrices & Transformations, Probability and Statistics.

The course is assessed officially through exams at the end of the year 11 academic year, but there will also be continuous assessment during term time by way of in-class tests.

The subject provides a basis for further study in mathematics, and in particular 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.

The International GCSE mathematics course here at Cambridge Home School will focus on the development of key mathematical skills that will prove useful in all aspects of life, concentrating on the application of maths to other key life skills. The course will also provide a strong basis for further study. An understanding of numbers, patterns and relationships will be developed and key problem-solving skills emphasised. By the end of their studies, students will be able to confidently communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.

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® Mathematics Core and Extended Coursebook, by Karen Morrison (Author) and Nick Hamshaw (Author), published by Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 978-1108437189

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

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