 T Convie (Head of GCSE and Alevel)
 C McHugh (Head of KS3)
 B Killen
 S Monan
 M McNamee
 N Glackin
 A Walsh
Mathematics Department
Mathematics is a subject that opens doors and provides opportunities: doors to employment and further/higher educational courses and opportunities to learn about the relevance of mathematics to everyday life.
Mathematics is all around us. It exists in the proportions of artistic works, in the scores of our favourite songs and in the physical structures we live and work in daily. It is also the bedrock of many other subjects including the Sciences, Economics and Engineering and is extremely relevant to subjects like Psychology and Design.
The study of mathematics can develop a host of skills that are essential to students continuing in their studies as well as those currently in or entering the workplace. These include problemsolving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail. Mathematics can also lead to careers in finance, business, IT and teaching, among others.
The following topics are taught during years 8, 9 and 10. Assessments are conducted at Halloween, Christmas, Midterm, Easter and End of Year.
Year 8  
1. Rounding numbers  2. Properties of numbers  3. Coordinates 
4. Negative numbers  5. Fractions  6. Decimals 
7. Percentages  8. BIDMAS  9. Using a calculator 
10. Bar Charts  11. Rules of Algebra  12. Solving Equations 
13. Substitution into Formula  14. Angles  15. Area and Perimeter 
16. Straight line Graphs  17. Metric and Imperial units  18. Ratio and Proportion 
19. Pie charts  20. Averages and Range  21. Fract, Dec, & percentages 
22. Travel graphs  23. Probability  24. Symmetry & translations 
25. 3D objects and Nets  26. Number Machines 
Year 9  
1. Negative Numbers  2. Sequences and Formulae  3. Formulae and Expressions 
4. Pythagoras’ Theorem  5. Properties of Numbers  6. Rules of Algebra 
7. Solving Equations  8. Area  9. Percentages 
10. Drawing Graphs  11. Fractions  12. Bearings & Scale Drawings 
13. The Circle  14. Volume  15. Reflections 
16. Enlargements  17. Rotations  18. Ratio and Proportion 
19. Averages  20. Scatter Graphs  21. Probability 
22. Stem and Leaf Diagrams  23. Calculations with Decimals  24. Using a Calculator 
25. Constructing Triangles 
Year 10  
1. Estimation  2. Scatter Graphs  3. Speed, Distance and Time 
4. Drawing Curved Graphs  5. Rules of Algebra  6. Solving Equations 
7. Indices  8. Averages  9. Trigonometry 
10. Percentage Change  11. Area and Volume  12. Changing the Subject 
13. Factorising  14. Fractions  15. Algebraic Fractions 
16. Standard Form  17. Simultaneous Equations  18. Compound Interest 
19. Trial and Improvement  20. Gradient and y=mx+c  21. Relative frequency 
22. probability  23. The 4 Transformations  24. Travel Graphs 
25. Angles in Polygons  26. Prime factors, HCF, LCM  27. Inequalities 
After studying KS3 Mathematics, pupils are able to study GCSE Mathematics, developing into GCSE Further Mathematics, Alevel Mathematics and Alevel Further Mathematics.
All students study GCSE Mathematics. Each student will study two modules which best suit their ability. Currently, the following combinations are used:
Tier  Year 11 Module  Year 12 Module  Target grade 
Higher  M4(45%) 1 Paper 2 hours Calculator allowed  M8(55%) 2 Papers Paper 1 without calculator (1 hour 15 mins) Paper 2 calculator allowed (1 hour 15 mins)  A*A 
Higher  M3(45%) 1 Paper 2 hours Calculator allowed  M7(55%) 2 Papers Paper 1 without calculator (1 hour 15 mins) Paper 2 calculator allowed (1 hour 15 mins)  B 
Foundation  M2(45%) 1 Paper 1 hour 45 mins Calculator allowed  M6(55%) 2 Papers Paper 1 without calculator (1 hour 10 mins) Paper 2 calculator allowed (1 hour 10 mins)  C 
The content of each module relates to:
 number and algebra;
 geometry and measures; and
 statistics and probability.
Each module gives students opportunities to:
 develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts;
 acquire and use problemsolving strategies;
 select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and realworld situations;
 reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions; and
 interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.
It also gives students a sound basis for progression, including progression to further study of mathematics at AS/A2 level or to the world of work.
The modules all provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their mathematical skills to reallife contexts.
There is no coursework associated with GCSE Mathematics.
All modules in GCSE Mathematics are assessed through written examination papers, which are set and marked by CCEA.

Questions may require knowledge and use of problemsolving strategies. Each written paper includes structured questions, questions set in context and some questions requiring the unprompted solution of multistep problems.
Within all units there will be questions on the functional elements of mathematics. This means that students will need to show how they can apply mathematical skills to questions set in a wide range of contexts.
There will also be questions that assess quality of written communication (QWC). These QWC questions assess how students can express solutions in clear, concise, correct mathematical language, in words or in symbolic form.
More details on the individual modules, their respective topics and related guidance notes are available in the full specification on the CCEA website.
This GCSE Further Mathematics specification replaces the old Additional Mathematics specification and retains much of the same content. To study GCSE Further Mathematics you will ideally need to be studying ordinary GCSE Mathematics modules M4 and M8.
GCSE Further Mathematics involves studying mathematics at a level beyond GCSE Higher Tier. It can act as a stepping stone that gives students a sound basis for studying GCE Alevel Mathematics, introducing some of the mechanics and statistics topics that appear at AS/A2 level.
Further Mathematics can also help students progress to other studies that require mathematical knowledge and skills, for example higher level science, geography, technology or business.
The Further Mathematics specification consists of two units, and students must study both.
In Unit 1: Pure Mathematics students investigate algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, logarithms, matrices and vectors.
Unit 2: Mechanics and Statistics includes exploring kinematics, vectors, forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, moments, understanding and using statistical terminology, measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion, probability, and bivariate analysis.
Through these units students will have opportunities to:
 develop their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding;
 select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, everyday and realworld situations;
 reason mathematically, interpret and communicate mathematical information, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions; and
 design and develop mathematical models that allow them to use problem solving strategies and apply a broader range of mathematics to a variety of situations.
Each of the two GCSE Further Mathematics units is assessed through a twohour written examination paper. CCEA set and mark both papers, and each is worth 50 percent of the final mark.
The examination paper for each unit has a single questionandanswer booklet that includes a formula sheet.
There is no coursework associated with GCSE Further Mathematics.
More details on the individual modules, their respective topics and related guidance notes are available in the full specification on the CCEA website.
GCE Alevel Mathematics builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding that students have developed in their previous study of mathematics up to GCSE level. A study of GCSE Further Mathematics is beneficial but is not a requirement.
Students with a qualification in Alevel Mathematics have experienced success in further and higher education as well as careers in accountancy, finance, statistics, computer programming, engineering, medicine, psychology, dentistry and teaching among others.
Alevel Mathematics aims to develop and strengthen a range of knowledge and skills. Among these, the course aims to help students:
 develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes;
 develop their reasoning skills and their ability to recognise incorrect reasoning;
 extend their mathematical skills and techniques for use in more difficult, unstructured problems;
 understand the coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected; and
 become aware of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, the world of work and society in general.
Alevel Mathematics offers students two qualifications. These are:
Qualification  Modules  Year Studied  When Exams are Taken  
AS Mathematics  C1, C2 and M1  Year 13  June of Year 13  
A2 Mathematics  C3, C4 and S1  Year 14  June of year 14  
 4 Core Modules (addressing Pure Mathematics) C1, C2, C3, C4
 1 Mechanics Module M1
 1 Statistics Module S1
At AS level, students must complete three modules. To obtain the Advanced GCE qualification, students must complete six modules (three at AS plus an additional three at A2).
Each module is equally weighted and the grading system is detailed below.
AS Mathematics  A2 Mathematics  
A*  +See below  A*  ++See below 
A  80%  A  80% 
B  70%  B  70% 
C  60%  C  60% 
+ It is not possible to obtain an A* grade at AS level. To obtain an A grade at AS level an average of 80% is required in the three modules.
++ To obtain an A* grade at A2 level the candidate must have averaged 80% in all six modules and an average of 90% in modules C3 and C4. To obtain an A grade at A2 level an average of 80% is required in all six modules.
More details on the individual modules, their respective topics and related guidance notes are available in the full specification on the CCEA website.
Alevel Further Mathematics builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding that students have developed in their previous study of mathematics up to Alevel. A study of GCSE Further Mathematics is beneficial and Alevel Mathematics is a necessity.
Students with a qualification in Alevel Further Mathematics have experienced success in further and higher education as well as careers in accountancy, finance, statistics, computer programming, engineering, medicine, psychology, dentistry and teaching among others.
Alevel Further Mathematics aims to develop and strengthen a range of knowledge and skills. Among these, the course aims to help students:
 develop their understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes;
 develop their reasoning skills and their ability to recognise incorrect reasoning;
 extend their mathematical skills and techniques for use in more difficult, unstructured problems;
 understand the coherence and progression in mathematics and how different areas of mathematics are connected; and
 become aware of the relevance of mathematics to other fields of study, the world of work and society in general.
An Alevel Further Mathematics student will sit his Alevel mathematics during year 13 and his Alevel Further Mathematics during year 14.
Qualification  Modules  Year Studied  When Exams are Taken  
Alevel Mathematics  C1, C2,C3, C4, M1 and S1  Year 13  June of Year 13  
Alevel Further Mathematics  FP1, FP2, FP3, M2, M3 and M4  Year 14  June of year 14  
 4 Core Modules (addressing Pure Mathematics) C1, C2, C3, C4
 3 Further Pure Mathematics Modules F1, F2, F3
 4 Mechanics Modules M1, M2, M3, M4
 1 Statistics Module S1
Each module is equally weighted. The grading system for Alevel Further Mathematics is similar to that of Alevel Mathematics. However, to obtain an A* in Alevel Further Mathematics an average of 90% is required in three out of the five modules FP2, FP3, M2, M3 and M4. To obtain an A grade in Alevel Further Mathematics an average of 80% is required in all six Further Mathematics modules.
More details on the individual modules, their respective topics and related guidance notes are available in the full specification on the CCEA website.