Members of Department:

Mrs L Ayna (Lead Learner)

  • Miss A St. George (Numeracy Co-ordinator)
  • Mr N Halligan
  • Mr D Watson
  • Miss S Conway
  • Mr J Campbell
  • Mr B McManus
  • Miss M O'Donnell




All students study the key areas of Number; Shape, Space and Measure; Algebra & Data Handling.

They build on the mathematical skills and knowledge acquired in Key Stage 2, becoming more fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time and lay the foundations for GCSE.




GCSE Mathematics

The study of mathematics at Key Stage 4 is compulsory for all pupils. It is a subject that opens doors to employment and further/higher educational courses and opportunities to learn about the relevance of mathematics to every- day life.

It develops a host of skills that include problem-solving, logic and reasoning, and attention to detail.

The GCSE course followed is CCEA Mathematics

This examination has two tiers.

  • Foundation, where grades C to G may be achieved and
  • Higher where grades A* to D are achievable.

Candidates are assessed by sitting two module papers; one in Year 11 and one in Year 12.


GCSE Further Mathematics

Further Mathematics is offered as an optional subject intended to cater for those pupils who require knowledge beyond that provided by the GCSE Higher Tier syllabus and who are capable of working beyond the limits of the existing GCSE Higher Mathematics syllabus. 

The subject is designed to broaden the mathematical experience of high attaining pupils.It introduces some of the mechanics and statistics topics that students encounter in GCE Mathematics and acts as a ‘stepping stone’ between GCSE and GCE.

Assessment is by means of the CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics examination.  This is comprised of two written papers, each 1 hour long, as follows:
Paper 1 – Pure Mathematics;
Paper 2 – Mechanics and Statistics.

Essential Skills (Application of Number

This course is studied by a small number of students instead of GCSE. The Essential Skills qualification is awarded on the successful completion of an action based activity and a desktop task.





Entry Level Numeracy

This CCEA awarded qualification is studied in Year 11 by those students who will progress to study Application of Number the following year. Assessment is by means of interviews and a completed booklet of numeracy activities.


The syllabus taught for AS and A2 level is the CCEA modular scheme.  It is comprised of 3 modules for AS level and a further 3 for A-Level.  The modules have equal weighting.

AS Level A2 Level

C1 - Core Maths 1

Algebra and functions, Co-ordinate geometry in the (x,y) plane, Calculus.

C2 - Core Maths 2

Algebra and functions, Co-ordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, Sequences and series, Trigonometry; Exponentials and logarithms; Calculus.

M1 - Mechanics 1

Mathematical models in mechanics; vectors in mechanics; kinematics of a particle moving in a straight line, statics of a particle; moments.


C3 - Core Maths 3

Algebra and functions, Series, Trigonometry, Exponentials and logarithms, Calculus, Numerical methods.

C4 - Core Maths 4

Algebra and functions, Trigonometry, Calculus, Vectors.

S1 - Statistics 1

Mathematical models in probability and statistics; representation and summary of data; probability; discrete and continuous distributions; the normal distribution.



Assessment consists of one 1½ hour paper for each module.  No coursework is required.  Examinations take place at the end of years 13 and 14.  



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