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Mathematics is a wide-ranging subject with many aspects. Most people are familiar with the fact that mathematics is an intellectual discipline that deals with abstractions,
logical arguments, deduction and calculation. But mathematics is also an expression of the human mind reflecting the active will, the contemplative reason and the desire for aesthetic perfection. It is also about pattern, the mathematics of which can be used to explain and control natural happenings and situations. Increasingly, mathematics is the key to opportunity. No longer simply
the language of science, mathematics contributes in direct and fundamental ways to business, finance, health and defence. For students it opens doors to careers. For citizens it enables informed decisions. For nations it provides knowledge to compete in a technological community. Participating fully in the world of the future involves tapping into the power of mathematics.
Mathematical knowledge and skills are held in high esteem and are seen to have a significant role to play in the development of the knowledge society and the culture of enterprise and innovation associated with it.

The universities have introduced a pilot initiative to support the implementation of the new Project Maths curriculum in Irish schools, and specifically to encourage more school pupils to sit Higher Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate.

The scheme involves a bonus of 25 points for students who score grade D3 or above in Higher Level Mathematics. While the bonus still rewards high attainers, it is particularly attractive to those students who are capable of strong results at Ordinary Level Maths, but who are concerned about the extra demands of the Higher Level course. The scheme has been introduced for a four year pilot period commencing for the Leaving Certificate 2012 and will be reviewed in 2014.

Leaving Certificate Mathematics aims to develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, life and work. By teaching mathematics in contexts that allow learners to see connections within mathematics, between mathematics and other subjects, and between mathematics and its applications to real life, it is envisaged that learners will develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking and the enthusiasm to search for creative solutions.
Teacher Profile

John Winters

Principal, Ashfield College
B. Sc (Honours), Higher Diploma in Education U.C.D.

Subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Applied Mathematics.

John has twenty years’ experience in preparing students for all levels of Leaving Certificate Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics. He has a deep love of his subjects and is currently completing his Masters in Mathematics. John is a great motivator of students and his revision courses at Christmas and Easter are invaluable to students sitting the Leaving Certificate.

Syllabus Structure

Leaving Certificate Maths Syllabus


The Leaving Certificate Mathematics syllabus
comprises five strands:
1. Statistics and Probability
2. Geometry and Trigonometry
3. Number
4. Algebra
5. Functions


There are five key skills identified as central to teaching and learning across the curriculum at senior cycle. These are information processing, being personally effective,
communicating, critical and creative thinking and working with others. These key skills are important for all learners to reach their full potential – both during their time in
school and in the future – and to participate fully in society, including family life, the world of work and lifelong learning. By engaging with key skills learners enhance
their ability to learn, broaden the scope of their learning and increase their capacity for learning.

Data Source: The Department of Education & Science – and  last updated 06/06/2014