Leaving Certificate Mathematics

There have been a number of changes to how Maths is taught and tested for the Leaving Cert, known as Project Maths. The main aim of Project Maths is to change the way Maths is taught so that you leave school with a greater understanding of the concepts as well as an idea of how Maths can be applied to everyday real life situations. It's really important that you try to make sure you understand all the concepts you cover in class. Remember in the exam that there are attempt marks going for any step in the right direction so remember to attempt every part of the questions you do and make sure to show all your workings. 

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Higher Maths is considered the most time consuming of all subjects so it was decided to introduce a bonus point system. If you pass HL Maths you get a bonus 25 points so if you get an A1 in higher Maths you will be awarded 125 points and a D3 will achieve 70 points (45 + 25). However, for this to apply, Maths must be one of your top six points, and you must pass it.


NOTE:  As many of the Project Maths papers released are sample papers, marking schemes are not always available.

Leaving cert Maths Course Content

●    Algebra
●    Area & Volume
●    Arithmetic
●    Complex Numbers
●    Co-ordinate Geometry
●    Geometry
●    Induction
●    Logs
●    Probability
●    Roots of a function/ Equation
●    Sequences and Series
●    Sets
●    Statistics and Data
●    The Circle
●    Trigonometry
●    Indices
●    Functions
●    Calculus/ Differentiation
The Exam (Higher and Ordinary level)

Paper one is 2.5 hours long and has two sections
          Section A - Concepts & Skills, 150 marks in 6 questions
          Section B - Contexts & Applications, 150 marks in 3 questions
You must answer all nine questions
Paper two is 2.5 hours long and has two sections
          Section A - Concepts & Skills, 150 marks in 6 questions
          Section B - Contexts & Applications, 150 marks in 2 questions
You must answer all eight questions but you are given a choice between 6(a) and 6(b) in section A

Unlike other exams, there is no consistency in what question any particular topic will appear. Often questions will test you on a few different topics from across the course. There is also no consistency in the allocation of marks across the different parts (a,b,c) of a question.
In terms of time management a good starting point is to spend 10 minutes at the start reading the paper and then spend 10 minutes on 25 mark questions, 20 minutes on 50 marker questions and 30 minutes on 75 mark questions. The marks allocated for a question may not, however always be a multiple of 25 so it’s important to be somewhat flexible in your time management.
Future Careers with Leaving Certificate Maths
This subject is a requirement for entry into a number of third level courses. Maths is used throughout everyday life and is an important part of careers such as Business, Finance, Engineering, Science, Accounting, Statistics, Medicine.
Download the leaving cert Maths syllabus (for 2015 onwards) here

Leaving Certificate Mathematics (Foundation Level)
Luckily if you're doing the exam from 2015 onwards, the Foundation Maths  exam consists of only one paper.
The Exam (Foundation Level Only) is 2.5 hours long and has two sections
          Section A - 200 marks in 8 questions
          Section B - 100 marks  in 3 questions
You must answer all eleven questions

21 Topics for Mathematics

21 Past papers for Mathematics

Past Paper Booklet

We've put all the past papers into a single booklet so you can print them out.

Include Marking Schemes


Mathematics Discussions

Resources for Higher Mathematics