Subject Overview

Mathematics at Senior Cycle builds on the learning at Junior Cycle and develops mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, life and work. Through their study of mathematics, students develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking which enables them to solve problems in mathematical and real world contexts.
Leaving Certificate Mathematics is made up of five strands:
1.       Statistics and Probability
2.       Geometry and Trigonometry
3.       Number
4.       Algebra
5.       Functions
The syllabus is provided at three levels – Higher, Ordinary and Foundation level.

Summative assessment

Leaving Certificate Mathematics is assessed at Foundation, Ordinary and Higher levels. There are two examination papers at each level.


Since Leaving Certificate Mathematics is being changed on a phased basis, there is a different syllabus for each phase. See syllabuses for Leaving Certificate Mathematics here.