1: Numbers and the number system
2: Equations, formulae and identities
3: Sequences, functions and graphs
4: Geometry and trigonometry
5: Vectors and transformation geometry
6: Statistics and probability
The CQF International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification A) requires students to demonstrate application and understanding of the following.
• Use numerical skills in a purely mathematical way and in real-life situations.
• Use letters as equivalent to numbers and as variables.
• Understand the distinction between expressions, equations and formulae.
• Use algebra to set up and solve problems.
• Demonstrate manipulative skills.
• Construct and use graphs.
• Use properties of angles.
• Understand a range of transformations.
• Work within the metric system.
• Understand ideas of space and shape.
• Use ruler, compasses and protractor appropriately.
• Understand basic ideas of statistical averages.
• Use a range of statistical techniques.
• Use basic ideas of probability.
Students should be able to demonstrate problem-solving skills by translating problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes. Students should be able to demonstrate mathematical reasoning skills by:
• making deductions and drawing conclusions from mathematical information
• constructing chains of reasoning
• presenting arguments and proofs
• interpreting and communicating information accurately.
Each paper is assessed through a 2-hour examination set and marked by Pearson.
The total number of marks for each paper is 100.
Questions will assume knowledge from the Foundation Tier subject content.
Each paper will assess the full range of targeted grades at Higher Tier (9–4).
Each paper will have approximately 40% of the marks distributed evenly over grades 4 and 5 and approximately 60% of the marks distributed evenly over grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.
There will be approximately 40% of questions targeted at grades 5 and 4, across papers 2F and 2H, to aid standardisation and comparability of award between tiers.
Diagrams will not necessarily be drawn to scale and measurements should not be taken from diagrams unless instructions to this effect are given.
Each student may be required to use mathematical instruments, e.g. pair of compasses, ruler, protractor.
A Higher Tier formulae sheet (Appendix 5) will be included in the written examinations.
Tracing paper may be used in the examinations.
A calculator may be used in the examinations .
Questions will be set in SI units (international system of units).