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Aims of the Mathematics Department


To stimulate, develop and maintain students' curiosity,

 interest and enjoyment in mathematics and their

 financial capabilities.


To develop students' thinking, reasoning, and

communication capabilities through familiarity with

 mathematical concepts and principles.


To help students use mathematics as a tool for

investigating the world around us.


To encourage students to develop personal qualities

such as initiative, imagination, flexibility, perseverance

and politeness.


To enable all students to have equal access to all available mathematical resources and experience success in their work.


To enable students to make informed decisions, being

able to support them by reasonable arguments and logical thinking.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we offer a rich and varied programme in mathematics in line with the Revised Curriculum for Northern Ireland. We aim to provide our students with the tools to reason, problem solve and think in abstract ways.

​Students follow the same curriculum with lessons appropriately differentiated. Students cover the full Key Stage 3 curriculum covering Number, Shape and Space, Data Handling, Algebra and Measures. Lessons are varied and feature activities, problem solving tasks and small group work. Regular assessments occur throughout the year with a formal summer examination at the end of each year.



This specification builds on the learning experiences from Key Stage 3 as required for the statutory Northern Ireland Curriculum. It also offers opportunities for you to contribute to the aim and objectives of the Curriculum at Key Stage 4, and to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.


This specification has two tiers:

Foundation and Higher


Each tier offers a choice of units that are suited to a wide range of abilities and enable you to demonstrate achievement.


The assessment model enables you to monitor your progress and offers opportunities to improve your results.


Each assessment unit gives you enough time to consider different problem-solving strategies and decide on the best approach to take.


You must use calculators in assessment units M1, M2, M3 and M4 and in Paper 2 of each Completion Test (M5, M6, M7 and M8). You must not use calculators in Paper 1 of each Completion Test. Calculators should have the following functions: +, -, x, ÷ , √, xy and single memory. These are the minimum functions required.


For the Higher Tier papers, you must use electronic calculators with trigonometric and relevant statistical functions. For the Foundation Tier papers, you must use electronic calculators with relevant statistical functions.


Just about everything! People with mathematics degrees and other qualifications can go into: accounting, medicine, engineering, forensic pathology, finance, business, consultancy, teaching, IT, games development, scientific research, programming, the civil service, design, construction, astrophysics and many other careers.

How Will I Be Assessed?



Unit M1 or M2: Foundation Tier

External written examination with calculator 1 hour 45 mins - 45%


Unit M5 or M6: Foundation Tier Completion Test

Two external written examinations:

Paper 1 without calculator 1 hour

Paper 2 with calculator 1 hour - 55%





Unit M3 or M4: Higher Tier

External written examination with calculator 2 hours - 45%


Unit M7 or M8: Higher Tier Completion Test

Two external written examinations

Paper 1 without calculator 1 hour 15 mins

Paper 2 with calculator 1 hour 15 mins - 55%


GCSE Further Mathematics




The optional units in this specification give you choice. You will use real-life scenarios to help you see the how further mathematics is relevant to other subject areas, the world of work and to wider society.


The new specification offers a broad range of different branches of mathematics to help you to progress to advanced, further, or higher education and beyond into lifelong learning.




The GCSE Further Mathematics specification goes beyond the level of challenge posed by the GCSE 9 to 1 mathematics qualifications in England and our revised GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier).


There are no revised UK GCSE specifications comparable to this one. This specification challenges you, stretches you and helps you make connections between different concepts in mathematics.




Unit 1: Pure Mathematics

In this unit, you investigate algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, logarithms, matrices, and quadratic inequalities. This unit is mandatory. It is assessed in a 2-hour written examination worth 50% of the overall qualification.


Unit 2: Mechanics

In this unit, you explore kinematics, vectors, forces, moments, and Newton’s Laws of Motion.  This is an optional unit assessed in a 1 hour written examination worth 25% of the overall qualification.


Unit 3: Statistics

In this unit, you understand and use statistical terminology, measures of central tendency and dispersion, binomial and normal distributions, probability, and bivariate analysis.

This is an optional unit, assessed in a 1 hour written examination worth 25% of the overall qualification.


Unit 4: Discrete and Decision Mathematics

In this unit, you study counting, logic, linear programming, time series and critical path analysis.

This is an optional unit assessed in a 1 hour written examination worth 25% of the overall qualification.

A Level

Why Study A Level Mathematics?


To extend students range of mathematical skills, techniques and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment, and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study.


Entry requirements-     GCSE Mathematics Grade B or above at higher tier

Syllabus Used                NI CCEA



Students can take:

the AS course as a final qualification; or

the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. We assess the AS units at a standard appropriate for students who have completed the first part of the full course. A2 units have an element of synoptic assessment (to assess students’ understanding of the subject as a whole), as well as more emphasis on assessment objectives that reflect higher order thinking skills.

The full Advanced GCE award is based on students’ marks from the AS (40 percent) and the A2 (60 percent). The guided learning hours for this specification, as for all GCEs, are:

180 hours for the Advanced Subsidiary level award; and

360 hours for the Advanced level award.


As-Level Modules

Unit 1   Pure mathematics

Unit 2   Applied Mathematics


A2-Level Modules

Unit 1   Pure mathematics

Unit 2   Applied Mathematics



Employment Prospects


“Most areas of business and industry rely heavily on people with good mathematical knowledge”

“…you will almost certainly find that a maths degree will be highly regarded by most employers and will certainly have taught you to think rationally and process information clearly and accurately - skills which are useful in any career.”


A degree in Mathematics is a gateway to a wide variety of challenging careers.

University of Aberdeen


A wide range of career paths are available to Mathematics graduates.  The skills of logical thinking, analysis and problem solving are prized by employers.

University of Edinburgh                  


Mathematics graduates are in great demand and have a wide range of employment prospects. Mathematicians are logical, numerate, have careful analytical skills and are confident in handling formula and large data sets. These are in short supply in many key areas of industry and finance.

Royal Holloway University London


Make your career add up with maths!


Air Traffic Controller                   Accountant

Statistician                                  Civil Engineer

Insurance Underwriter               Tax Inspector

Computer System Analyst          Architect

Stock Controller                          Quantity Surveyor

Financial Adviser                         Actuary

Law Costs Draftsperson              Pensions Manager

Commodity Trader                      Bank Cashier

Invoice Clerk                              Mechanical Engineer

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