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Mathematics Foundation IGCSE (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



Having a pass at grade C or better in maths at IGCSE level is essential for anyone wishing to go on to further studies in any subject, not just those directly related to maths. Being considered one of the most important subjects, it’s often a requirement for various job roles. A basic level of numeracy also comes in useful in day-to-day life, and this distance learning IGCSE course covers all the bases necessary to give you a solid grasp of working with numbers. Covering areas such as fractions, percentages, probability and graphs, this home study maths course equips you with all the knowledge and skills you need to gain this qualification. If you’re not confident in your mathematical ability and are looking to achieve a grade C to enable you to move on to a new job or further study, we recommend studying the foundation course. The highest grade achievable on this course is C. 


You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.

Course content

IGCSE Maths Foundation units

  • Whole numbers
  • Directed numbers
  • Angles and parallels
  • Fractions
  • Understanding decimals
  • Introduction to length, area and volume
  • Data and charts
  • Line symmetry
  • Number patterns
  • Polygons
  • Co-ordinates, graphs and functions
  • Moving shapes
  • Area and perimeter
  • Estimation and calculation
  • Ratio and further fractions
  • Percentages
  • Algebraic techniques
  • Enlargement and similar shapes
  • Pie charts and percentage charts
  • Introducing probability
  • Solid shapes and volume
  • Compound measures
  • Properties of circles
  • Measurement of circles and cylinders
  • Averages and spread
  • Powers and indices
  • Constructions and accurate drawing
  • Pythagoras' theorem
  • Conversion charts, graphs and tables
  • Everyday calculations
  • Introduction to trigonometry
  • Combined probabilities
  • Linear functions
  • Non-linear functions
  • Sets

Entry requirements

You will only need a basic level of numeracy for this course.


This course follows specification 4MA0 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specification can be obtained from Edexcel's website.

Two exams: 2hrs (50% of marks) and 2hrs (50% of marks)
Fifteen assignments
No coursework
All exams must be taken in the same session

Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.


Representative example:

Course fee:  £395
Deposit:  £39.50
Amount of credit:  £355.50
Monthly payment:  £59.25
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £395
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  

For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:

  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses






Further information

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.

This course will help you achieve IGCSE marks up to grade C.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 24 July 2019
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