Mrs. J. Beattie, B.Sc.(Hons) Mathematics, P.G.C.E, P.G.C.C.S.E – Head of Department
Mrs. A. Armstrong, B.Ed. Home Economics
Mrs. G. Johnston, B.Ed.(Hons) Religious Education and Mathematics
Miss. C. Barton, B.Ed. Mathematics, Science
Mrs. R. Elkin, B.Ed. Mathematics
Mrs. S. Gibson, M.Sc. Business Studies
In line with the New Northern Ireland Curriculum, we inform students that Mathematics is fundamental to life in the sense that its unique language and forms of notation help us to calculate, estimate and problem-solve. It also informs many of the choices and decisions we make about real-life issues and challenges and the actions that we subsequently take.
We engage students with issues which have current and future relevance to them, hence helping students to see the relevance of mathematics and financial capability to real life. This allows students to become successful learners, confident and responsible, and, effective contributors in our society today.
- Essential Skills Application of Number Level 1 / 2
- CCEA GCSE Mathematics
- CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics
- CCEA A-Level
|About the Course|
The syllabus seeks to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in Key Stage 4. It provides a suitable foundation for study of mathematics and other subjects in further and higher education and for a range of interesting careers.
Extension of knowledge of surds, indices, algebraic skills, quadratic functions solving 2 and 3 simultaneous equations, solving a linear and a quadratic equation simultaneously, transformations and co-ordinate geometry. Introduction to differentiation with simple applications.
Co-ordinate geometry of the circle, sequences, series, binomial expansions, sine and cosine rules, elementary trigonometry, logarithms and integration.
Equations of motion, free-fall due to gravity, variable acceleration, Newton’s laws of motion, forces, moments, friction, equilibrium of a particle, impulse and momentum.
|Assessment||Three 1.5 hour written papers.|
Partial fractions, the modulus function, parametric equations, exponential functions, differentiation involving product quotient and chain rule Newton-Raphson method, Simpson’s rule and further work on trigonometry. Binomial expansions and integration.
Vector theory, functions, inverse trigonometric functions, complex trigonometric identities, differentiation of implicit functions, parametric equations, integration by substitution and parts, differential equations.
Collection, ordering and presentation of data, dispersion of data, conditional probability, discrete distributions to include uniform and binomial, continuous probability distributions including the normal distribution.
|Assessment||Three 1.5 hour written papers.|
|Skills Developed in this Subject||
When studying Mathematics you will be expected to:
• Communicate mathematical ideas;
• Reason, classify, generalize and prove;
• Use mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems, which may be given to you in a real-life context;
• Simplify real life situations so that you can use mathematics to show what is happening and what might happen in different circumstances;
• Use calculator technology and other resources (such as formulae booklets or statistical tables) effectively and appropriately
|Careers Using this Subject||
This subject is important for areas such as Banking, Teaching, Science and applied Science courses (including Building and Engineering) of Technician standard and above. It is also useful for most Economic and Social Science degree courses as well as Surveying, Computer Studies and Mathematics courses.
GCSE Further Mathematics –Grades attainable are A*-G
GCSE Further Mathematics will be taught as a separate subject in Years 11 and 12. This specification consists of two units and students have the opportunity to sit one unit at the end of Year 11.
Further Mathematics is a suitable choice for students who wish to further their study of Mathematics at AS/A2 level and have a related career in mind.
Pupils must meet the following criteria in order to be permitted to follow the Further Mathematics GCSE course.
- Have shown a commitment to Mathematics in KS3
- Assessments at end of KS3 must indicate that the pupil is capable of taking Modules T4 and T6 at GCSE Mathematics and obtaining a grade A/A*.
Unit 1 : Pure Mathematics – Algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, logarithms, matrices and vectors.
Unit 2 : Mechanics and Statistics – Vectors, forces, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction, moments, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and bivariate analysis.
The table below summarises the structure of this GCSE Further Mathematics Course.
|Unit 1: Pure Mathematics||Written examination in the form of a single question-and-answer booklet that includes a formula sheet.
|Unit 2: Mechanics and Statistics||Written examination in the form of a single question-and-answer booklet that includes a formula sheet.
All pupils must study Mathematics in Years 11 and 12. Most pupils will follow the GCSE course.
|GCSE Mathematics Modular||Examination||Higher||Foundation|
|GCSE Grade attainable||A*, A, B, C, D, (E)||C, D, E, F, G|
Candidates will be entered for the option best suited to their learning style and ability.
The GCSE Mathematics modular means that candidates can spread their examination over two years, completing one module in June Year 11 with the opportunity to repeat or take another module along with the completion paper in June of Year 12.
Pupils for whom GCSE is not the most suitable way forward will be entered for Essential Skills Application of Number at the end of the Key Stage 4 programme of study.
|Essential Skills in Application of Number Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2||The Learner is assessed on skills relating to Number, Measures, Shape and Space and Data Handling.||A Portfolio of an Action Based Activity for Levels 1 & 2||End Assessment of an unseen Desktop Task from a bank of 13.|
Desktop Task requires a 70% mark for a pass at that Level.
Year groups are set for Mathematics in Key Stage 4 so that movement between the various levels is always possible depending on the progress of the individual pupil.
Content and skills developed through the study of Mathematics
Through the statutory programme of study, the syllabus promotes a variety of styles of teaching and learning, including ICT and Mental Maths. It enables the young person to demonstrate their full potential in developing their mathematical knowledge, giving them confidence through enhancing their oral, practical, written skills and the ability to solve problems.
Careers linked with Mathematics
- Bank Clerk
- Banking/ Finance
- Computer Programmer
- Insurance Claim Official
- Market Research
- Model Maker