 SUBJECT OVERVIEW

CCEA GCSE Mathematics is a modular specification which offers opportunities to build on the mathematical skills and capabilities developed through the study of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

There are two tiers of entry for GCSE Mathematics; Foundation and Higher.  Within each tier there is a choice of modules, this enables all students to demonstrate achievement by working at the level most appropriate to their ability.  The assessment model provides the opportunity for students to improve their results by re-sitting modules.

To complete GCSE Mathematics all candidates must take two written exams (there is no controlled assessment element).

Subject Content

Year 11 Higher Level content includes:

Manipulation of algebraic fractions

Compound measures

Straight line graphs

Trigonometry

Arc lengths & sector areas

Surface area & volume of cones, spheres etc

Circle theorems

Cumulative frequency, quartiles & boxplots

Histograms & stratified sampling

Year 12 Higher Level content includes:

Irrational numbers & surds

Indices & standard form

Simultaneous equations (1 linear & 1 quadratic)

Cubic, reciprocal & exponential functions

Direct & indirect proportion

Transformations

Equation of a circle

3D Trigonometry

Sine & cosine rules

Conditional probability

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

Year 11 (45% of GCSE Mathematics)

Module M2 (Foundation)

or

Module M3 (Higher)

or

Module M4 (Higher)

all calculator papers

Year 12 (55% of GCSE Mathematics)

Module M6 (Foundation)

or

Module M7 (Higher)

or

Module M8 (Higher)

each module comprises 2 papers:

1 calculator & 1 non-calculator

CAREER INFORMATION

A grade C in GCSE Mathematics is a requirement for entry onto the vast majority of Higher Education courses and for most careers.

University courses with significant mathematical content often require a higher grade in GCSE Mathematics. This includes but is not limited to:

Accountancy & Finance, Actuarial Science, Architecture, Computer Science, Economics and Social Science courses, Engineering, Medicine, Science & Applied Science courses, Software Development, Quantity Surveying, Teaching

Further Mathematics

SUBJECT OVERVIEW

The CCEA GCSE Further Mathematics specification extends the mathematical skills and capabilities developed through the study of the GCSE Mathematics towards A-Level Mathematics content.

Under the curriculum model in Mount Lourdes, one group of Year 10 students each year study towards completing both the GCSE Mathematics and GCSE Further Mathematics specifications.  Students are placed into the Year 10 Further Maths class based on their performance in Maths throughout Year 9.  These students complete their GCSE Mathematics examinations at the end of Year 11 and progress to study the GCSE Further Mathematics specification during Year 12.

Students who have studied GCSE Further Mathematics are particularly well-placed to progress to study AS and A2 Mathematics.

SUBJECT CONTENT

Pure Maths

Manipulation of algebraic fractions

Simultaneous Equations (3 variables)

Trigonometric equations

Logarithms & Exponentials

Matrices

Differentiation

Integration

Mechanics

Kinematics

Vectors

Forces

Newton’s laws of motion

Moments

Statistics

Standard Deviation & Variance

Bivariate Analysis

Conditional Probability

Binomial Probability Distribution

Normal Distribution

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

To complete GCSE Further Mathematics candidates must take three examination units as follows.

Unit 1: Pure Mathematics (50%)

Unit 2: Mechanics (25%)

Unit 3: Statistics (25%)

The CCEA A-Level Mathematics specification builds upon the CCEA GCSE Higher Mathematics qualification at Key Stage 4.  It promotes progression through AS and A2 level and provides a suitable foundation for study of maths-related courses in further and higher education.

Subject Content

AS LEVEL

AS 1:    Pure Mathematics

AS 2:   Applied Mathematics

(Mechanics & Statistics)

A2 LEVEL

A2 1:    Pure Mathematics

A2 2:   Applied Mathematics

(Mechanics & Statistics)

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

All modules are taken as written examinations (there is no controlled assessment element).

The final A-Level Mathematics qualification is comprised of 40% weighting from the AS modules and 60% from the A2 modules.

AS 1    Pure Mathematics

• 60% of AS / 24% of A-Level

• 1 hour 45 minutes examination

AS 2     Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics)

• 40% of AS / 16% of A-Level

• 1 hour 15 minutes examination

A2 1    Pure Mathematics

• 36% of A-Level

• 2 hours 30 minutes examination

A2 2    Applied Mathematics (Mechanics & Statistics)

• 24% of A-Level

• 1 hour 30 minutes examination

Higher Level Maths    A* / A

NB: Students must have studied GCSE Modules M4 & M8

CAREER INFORMATION

A-Level Mathematics is a qualification which is in high demand in the workplace.

Further / Higher Education courses or careers that either require A-Level Mathematics or are strongly related include: Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, Accountancy & Finance, Economics, Physics and Software Development.

OTHER INFORMATION

This is a challenging course with a strong emphasis on both the understanding and the application of advanced mathematical concepts.

A-Level Mathematics students will be required to study a diverse range of topics from the areas of Pure Mathematics, Mechanics and Statistics. 