*There are ways round this, eg you could enter for Foundation IGCSE maths and Higher GCSE maths, or do IGCSE maths in the winter sitting and GCSE in the summer.*

A formula sheet is supplied for Edexcel IGCSE but not for CIE. IGCSE is available in the winter and summer sittings to external candidates, regardless of whether they've taken the exam before.

Edexcel Comparison of GCSE and IGCSE maths - useful document comparing the structure of Edexcel GCSE maths 1MA1 and IGCSE maths 4MA1.

This means it may well be easier to gain, say, 75% on the Foundation tier than to get 30% on the Higher tier (numbers pulled out of a hat! Higher Tier is for students who want the chance to get a grade 6 or higher, or who might wish to study maths or sciences later.

It requires a lower mark to pass but the subject material is harder, so you cannot directly compare the marks.

We know that some organisations recommend the opposite, but that puts students at risk of missing out on a grade." Ofqual 2017 advice on choosing the right GCSE maths tier: "There are two tiers: foundation and higher.

Each tier is targeted at a range of the new numerical grades: 9 to 4 on the higher tier (with a ‘safety net’ grade 3 for students scoring a small number of marks below grade 4), and 5 to 1 on the foundation tier.- new research (2015) on how current and new specs compare to foreign exams and IGCSE .Further and Additional Maths is a stepping-stone in between GCSE and AS-level; that now has its own page. We have a page full of maths resources - useful, mostly free, maths sites, You Tube channels, and some paid-for resources like online courses. There are many options, but for those who just want to get a GCSE-level maths qualification with minimal hassle, the most popular choice is probably either GCSE Linear Maths, such as Edexcel 1MA1 or edexcel IGCSE (4MA1 from June 2018) GCSE maths changed to 9-1 grading from the summer 2017 exams.There is very little difference between the exam boards for maths GCSE, so choose whichever you can find a convenient exam centre for.The most popular (and perhaps the most straightforward to find exam centres and resources for) is Linear GCSE maths, but all options are discussed below. Join the HE Exams community to get support from fellow home-educators. However, the syllabus content has only changed slightly.On the 'Teaching and learning materials' section of the Edexcel IGCSE maths page there is also a mapping document comparing the two specifications in more detail.When entering the exam you have to choose whether the candidate is taking Foundation Tier or Higher Tier papers. You choose one or the other - these courses are not intended for you to work through Foundation and then go on to Higher Tier.To do this would involve a lot of repetition and unnecessary work.Do you want the option of studying maths, computing or science at A-level? Foundation Tier is intended for students who struggle with maths or who just need a maths qualification, and do not want to study maths or sciences at higher level.GCSE Maths has, in the past, been considered the easiest way to get the qualification, but now GCSE and IGCSE are of similar difficulty.In IGCSE maths, a calculator is allowed in both papers, but there are some topics which are not in GCSE maths. However, the non-calculator questions are designed to be manageable without a calculator, so you don't need to expect terrifying questions. GCSE is available in the summer only (unless you are a resit candidate or are over 16).

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