Cambridge IGCSE®

Additional Mathematics 0606

Key benefits

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Cambridge IGCSE Additional Mathematics supports learners in building competency, confidence and fluency in their use of techniques and mathematical understanding. This course helps learners to develop a feel for quantity, patterns and relationships. Learners will develop their reasoning, problem-solving and analytical skills in a variety of contexts.

Cambridge IGCSE Additional Mathematics provides a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge both for candidates studying mathematics at a higher level and those who will require mathematics to support skills in other subjects. It is designed to stretch the most able candidates and provides a smooth transition to Cambridge AS & A Level Mathematics.

Our programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.


The aims describe the purposes of a course based on this syllabus.
They are not listed in order of priority.
The aims are to:

  • Consolidate and extend their mathematical skills, and use these in the context of more advanced techniques
  • Further develop their knowledge of mathematical concepts and principles, and use this knowledge for problem solving
  • Appreciate the interconnectedness of mathematical knowledge
  • Acquire a suitable foundation in mathematics for further study in the subject or in mathematics-related subjects
  • Devise mathematical arguments and use and present them precisely and logically
  • Integrate information technology (IT) to enhance the mathematical experience
  • Develop the confidence to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge in appropriate situations
  • Develop creativity and perseverance in the approach to problem solving
  • Derive enjoyment and satisfaction from engaging in mathematical pursuits, and gain an appreciation of the elegance and usefulness of mathematics
  • Provide foundation for AS Level/Higher study.

Assessment overview

All candidates take two papers.
Candidates are eligible for grades A* to E. Grades F and G will not be available. Candidates who do not achieve the minimum mark for grade E will be unclassified.

All candidates take:and:
Paper 1 ------------------------------------------2 hours 50%

80 marks
Candidates answer all questions
Scientific calculators are required
Externally assessed

Paper 2-------------------------------------------2 hours 50%

80 marks
Candidates answer all questions
Scientific calculators are required
Externally assessed

Subject content

Topic Suggested Learning order Suggested teaching time in hours (% of the course)
1 Functions 12 8
2 Quadratic functions 2 6
3 Equations, inequalities and graphs 5 3
4 Indices and surds 1 2
5 Factors of polynomials 6 4
6 Simultaneous equations 7 4
7 Logarithmic and exponential functions 3 6
8 Straight line graphs 4 4
9 Circular measure 10 6
10 Trigonometry 11 12
11 Permutations and combinations 8 4
12 Series 9 12
13 Vectors in two dimensions 13 4
14 Differentiation and integration 14 25