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Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics (0580)

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*.

Course structure

The course covers the extended topics:

Year 1

  • Number, algebra, statistics and geometry
  • Number, algebra and graphs
  • Mensuration, probability and statistics
  • Trigonometry, geometry and statistics
  • Algebra and graphs
  • Geometry and vectors

Year 2

  • 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
  • dictionaries
  • 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

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