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Subject Information 

The study of Junior Certificate Mathematics encourages the learner to use the numeracy and problem solving skills developed in early childhood education and primary mathematics. The emphasis is on building connected and integrated mathematical understanding. 


Maths is one of the core subjects. It is compulsory in every school. Project Maths, the current Leaving Cert curriculum, provides students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of and familiarity with several branches of mathematics, as well as developing their overall appreciation of the subject. The branches, or ‘strands’, of the course have been chosen because they have applications in everyday life, are useful in other disciplines, and provide a foundation for further education. As a result, maths is very accessible to students at all levels. 


Department Members

  • Ms Carolan 

  • Ms Gaffney 

  • Ms Flynn 

  • Mr Hand 

  • Mr Larkin 

  • Ms Mc Quade 

  • Ms Oates 

  • Ms Rogers 

  • Mr Tynan 

  • Ms Barry

Why Study Mathematics?

As a wide-ranging subject with many fields and applications, maths gets used everywhere, and everyone can find some use for it. For students, it opens doors to careers. For citizens, it enables informed decisions. For nations, it provides knowledge to compete in a technological community. No longer just the language of science, maths contributes in direct and fundamental ways to business, finance, health and defence. 


Whether it’s managing your monthly budget or a part of your job, mathematics has a place in everyone’s life. 



Mathematics is available for study at three levels, Foundation, Ordinary, and Higher. Each level covers everything in the levels below it. Students are encouraged to study at the level appropriate to their needs and aspirations. Securing a minimum of a pass mark on an Ordinary level paper is necessary for entry into the majority of third level college courses. 


There are many careers which require or benefit greatly from having a Higher level of mathematics, and it’s a good idea to research these before coming to a decision. 

Subject Group: Science

These subjects demonstrate how to explore nature using carefully planned methods, and teach the basic methods and findings of scientific investigation. 

Career Sectors

This subject builds skills and knowledge that are particularly useful for careers in the following Career Sectors: 

  • Construction, Architecture & Property 

  • Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science 

  • Biomedical Technologies & Medtech 

  • Computers & ICT 

  • Earth & Environment 

  • Engineering, Manufacturing & Energy 

  • Physics, Mathematics & Space Science 

  • Healthcare 

  • Government, Politics & EU 

  • Accountancy & Taxation 

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