An essential subject for all learners, Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics encourages the development of mathematical knowledge as a key life skill, and as strong basis for more advanced study. The syllabus aims to build learners' confidence by helping them develop competence and fluency with mathematical concepts, methods and skills, as well as a feel for numbers, patterns and relationships. The syllabus also places a strong emphasis on solving problems and presenting and interpreting results. Learners also gain an understanding of how to communicate and reason using mathematical concepts.
All candidates will study the following topics:
Algebra: Algebra and graphs, Coordinate geometry
Shape and space: Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Vectors and transformations
Probability and Statistics: Probability, Statistics
The course is tiered to enable effective differentiation for learners. The Core content is intended for learners targeting grades G–C, and the Extended content is intended for learners targeting grades D–A*. All of the Core content is in the Extended content.
All candidates take two papers. Candidates who have studied the Core syllabus content, or who are expected to achieve a grade D or below, should be entered for Paper 1 and Paper 3. These candidates will be eligible for grades C to G.
Candidates who have studied the Extended syllabus content and who are expected to achieve a grade C or above should be entered for Paper 2 and Paper 4. These candidates will be eligible for grades A* to E.
Reference: Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (0580)