This course develops students’ mathematical knowledge and serves as a strong basis for further study. As part of the course, students develop their skills, their understanding of mathematical concepts and methods, and solve problems and interpret results. The course follows extended content intended for students targeting grades D-A*.
The course covers the extended topics:
- Number, algebra, statistics and geometry
- Number, algebra and graphs
- Mensuration, probability and statistics
- Trigonometry, geometry and statistics
- Algebra and graphs
- Geometry and vectors
- Number, algebra, graphs and geometry
- Number, probability, algebra, geometry and trigonometry
- Algebra and graphs
- Trigonometry, vectors, geometry, statistics, algebra and graphs
In each year there is also time for revision and trial examinations.
Activities and assessments
The course includes the following activities: worked problems and practice exercises on core topics, quizzes and marked assignments. Teachers will review and grade assignments during the course. There are also unit discussions to support students with each topic.
For the final examination students will take one of two routes consisting of two externally-assessed papers:
- Paper 2 (Extended) —1 hour 30 minutes, 35%, short-answer questions on the extended curriculum
- Paper 4 (Extended) —2 hours 30 minutes, 65%, structured questions on the extended curriculum
Advice from our teachers
In order to succeed in IGCSE Mathematics, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week to study. It is important that students regularly keep up with the readings and the course activities in a timely manner. And that they contact their Pamoja teacher if they fall behind or need help with assignments.
Benefits to students
Taking IGCSE Mathematics will enable students to:
- develop their understanding of the mathematical concepts and methods
- solve problems and interpret findings
- become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools
- develop skills like time management, communication and digital literacy
Cambridge International calculator guidance
IGCSE Mathematics students will require a scientific calculator when studying the course and for examinations. As stated below, Cambridge International allows for a wide range of calculators to be used in examinations. Pamoja teachers have suggested the Casio ClassWiz models as suitable for this course, such as the fx-350 EX, or the fx-991 EX if going on to study mathematics at A Level.
Candidates can use programmable calculators [in examinations]. However, calculators with any of the following facilities are not allowed, unless stated otherwise in the syllabus:
- graphic display
- data banks
- language translators
- retrieval or manipulation of text or formulae
- QWERTY keyboards
- built-in symbolic algebraic manipulations (output must be numeric not algebraic)
- symbolic differentiation or integration (output must be numeric not algebraic)
- capability of any remote communication
Pilot the Pamoja Online Course for up to four weeks from the day the course commences.
- Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (0580) syllabus overview and guide
- Hodder Education Student eTextbooks information
- Technology requirements
Hodder Education eTextbook
This course is dependent on student etextbooks provided by Hodder Education and hosted on the Dynamic Learning platform. Please ensure you check the Hodder Dynamic Learning guidance to ensure your systems are able to access this service. This service is provided as part of the Pamoja course fee - find out more.