All students sit the Mathematics examinations. Students will follow either the Core curriculum only or the Extended curriculum. The Extended curriculum goes into greater depth and includes some topics not covered at Core level.

Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics is therefore assessed at two levels: Core (where students are graded from C to G) and Extended (where students can achieve grades A* to E). The appropriate level of entry is determined by the students’ Year 9 examination results alongside their general levels of performance through Key Stage 3.

Aims

The aims are to enable learners to:

  • Develop an understanding of mathematical principles, concepts and methods in a way which encourages confidence, provides satisfaction and enjoyment, and develops a positive attitude towards mathematics.
  • Develop a feel for numbers and understand the significance of the results obtained.
  • Apply mathematics in everyday situations and develop an understanding of the part that mathematics plays in learners’ own lives and the world around them.
  • Analyse and solve problems, present the solutions clearly, and check and interpret the results.
  • Recognise when and how a situation may be represented mathematically, identify and interpret relevant factors, select an appropriate mathematical method to solve the problem, and evaluate the method used.
  • Use mathematics as a means of communication in other subjects, particularly science and technology.
  • Develop the ability to reason logically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions.
  • Appreciate patterns and relationships in mathematics and make generalisations.
  • Appreciate the interdependence of different areas of mathematics.
  • Acquire a foundation for the further study of mathematics or for other disciplines.

Syllabus content

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Problem solving
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry

Additional equipment

All students will require:

  • Scientific calculator
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Compasses
  • HB pencil
  • Eraser

Assessment

Extended Curriculum (A* to E)

Paper title Duration and marks What’s in the paper? Percentage of final grade
Paper 2 (Extended) 1 hour 30 minutes
(70 Marks)
Short-answer questions based on the Extended curriculum 35%
Paper 4 (Extended) 2 hours 30 minutes
(130 Marks)
Structured questions based on the Extended curriculum 65%

Core Curriculum (C to G)

Paper title Duration and marks What’s in the paper? Percentage of final grade
Paper 1 (Core) 1 hour
(56 Marks)
Short-answer questions based on the Core curriculum 35%
Paper 2 (Core) 2 hours
(104 Marks)
Structured questions based on the Core curriculum 65%

Find out more

You can find out more by visiting the qualification page on the Cambridge Assessment website.