GCSE Mathematics (2017)

The CCEA GCSE Mathematics specification encourages students to develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding in applying mathematical methods and concepts.

It enables students to reason mathematically, draw conclusions and make deductions and inferences. Students learn how to comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of appropriate forms.

The specification has two tiers: Foundation and Higher. Each tier offers students a choice of units suited to a range of abilities, allowing them to demonstrate achievement. The assessment model enables students to monitor their progress and offers opportunities to improve their results.

Students also have the opportunity to achieve a recognition of achievement in Functional Mathematics.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Mathematics and Numeracy Area of Learning.

This specification is unitised, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment before the end of the course.

The specification has eight units, four at Foundation Tier and four at Higher Tier:

  • Unit M1: Foundation Tier
  • Unit M5: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M2: Foundation Tier
  • Unit M6: Foundation Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M3: Higher Tier
  • Unit M7: Higher Tier Completion Test
  • Unit M4: Higher Tier
  • Unit M8: Higher Tier Completion Test.

Students take one unit from M1, M2, M3 or M4 and one unit from M5, M6, M7 or M8.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2017
First assessment: from Summer 2018
First award: from Summer 2019
QAN: 603/1688/3
Subject code: 2210
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: 1/2

Skills developed through our GCSE Mathematics

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. It gives students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to further academic and vocational study and to employment. These skills include:

  • reasoning mathematically;
  • making deductions and inferences;
  • drawing conclusions; and
  • comprehending, interpreting and communicating mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

The specification also gives students opportunities to develop their skills in Functional Mathematics. These skills enable students to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life.

Additional Support

BBC Bitesize has produced bespoke support materials for our GCSE Mathematics specification. The materials, available at BBC Bitesize: GCSE Maths – CCEA, cover both Foundation Tier and Higher Tier content.

For more information on this specification contact:

Lisa McFarland
Subject Officer
(028) 9590 6711
Nuala Tierney
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9590 6689

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