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# Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics

Specification B - 4MB1

The Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics curriculum offers a comprehensive and flexible approach to mathematical education for students aged 14-16. Historically, there have been three main specifications:

Mathematics A (Linear) - 4MA1

Mathematics A (Modular) - 4XMA1 (Phased out)

Mathematics B - 4MB1

However, it's important to note that the modular approach has been phased out, and current students will encounter either the Mathematics A (Linear) or Mathematics B specifications. These curricula are designed to cater to different student needs and abilities, providing a solid foundation in mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills.

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Specification: Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (Specification B) (4MB1)

## Key Features

1. Single Tier: Unlike Specification A, this is a single-tier qualification.

2. Grades: Offers grades from 9 to 1, where 9 is the highest.

3. Advanced Content: Includes more advanced topics compared to Specification A.

4. Problem-Solving Focus: Emphasizes mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

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## Curriculum content

The syllabus covers five main content areas: Numbers, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Probability

Additionally, it includes more advanced topics such as:

• Set theory and notation

• Functions (including inverse and composite functions)

• Calculus (basic differentiation)

## Assessment Structure

• Two written examination papers

• Both papers are mandatory

• No coursework component

Question Types:

• A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems

• Questions set in both mathematical and non-mathematical contexts

• Emphasis on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning

Assessment Objectives:

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in number and algebra

AO2: Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in shape, space and measures

AO3: Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills in handling data

Target Audience:

• Students who excel in mathematics

• Those considering A-level Mathematics or Further Mathematics

• Students aiming for careers in STEM fields

Key Differences from Specification A:

1. Single tier vs. two-tier system

2. More advanced content, including set theory and basic calculus

3. Generally more challenging questions and problem-solving scenarios

This specification provides a strong foundation for advanced mathematical study and helps develop critical thinking and analytical skills valuable in many academic and professional fields.

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