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CHANGES MADE TO 0580 MATHEMATICS FROM 2025

The changes to the IGCSE Mathematics syllabus (0580) for examination from 2025 include several significant updates in content, assessment structure, and the resources provided to students. Here’s a summary of the key changes:

Content and Syllabus Structure

1. Addition of New Topics and Concepts:

• Inclusion of surds, exact trigonometric values, and exponential graphs with fractional powers (1/2 or -1/2).

• Greater emphasis on non-right-angled triangle calculations, including the sine and cosine rules and the formula for the area of a triangle.

• Enhanced focus on statistical charts and diagrams, including composite (stacked) and dual (side-by-side) bar charts.

2. Removal of Topics:

• Proper subsets, linear programming, and congruence criteria have been removed from the extended syllabus.

• Data collection and box-and-whisker plots are no longer part of the examinable content, though data collection might still be taught in courses.

Assessment Changes

1. Paper 2 (Extended):

• Converted to a non-calculator paper.

• Total marks increased to 100, duration extended to 2 hours, and weighting now accounts for 50% of the final grade.

2. Paper 4 (Extended):

• Still allows the use of calculators.

• Number of marks adjusted to 100, duration set at 2 hours, and also weighted at 50%.

Resources and Support

• Formula Sheet Addition: A new formula sheet has been provided, including many formulas that previously needed to be memorized. This sheet is now included in the exam papers to aid students.

Instructional Emphasis

• Functions and Graphs: There is now a more structured approach to teaching functions, including the understanding and application of function notation, domain and range, and the ability to work with inverse and composite functions.

• Instruction on handling various types of functions graphically and analytically has been clearly outlined, ensuring comprehensive coverage of these concepts.

These changes reflect a shift towards a more application-based assessment of mathematical skills, reducing the reliance on memorization and encouraging a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and their real-world applications.

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