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Mathematics with Financial Capabilities

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Mr S Cowden (Head of Mathematics and Numeracy)

Mrs F Jess

Mr S McKeag

Mr M McKee


TIME ALLOCATION AT KS3:  4hours 5mins per week

At Nendrum College, it is our belief that our students not only need to know the practicalities of Pythagoras but also those of obtaining Credit, Mortgages and maintaining healthy relationships with Financial Institutions.   
It would be very difficult to live a reasonably normal life in today’s world without making use of mathematics to some degree. This idea is echoed further by all employers who nowadays list a Mathematics qualification as a pre-requisite for employment.
  • To develop, maintain and stimulate students' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in mathematics.
  • To develop students' familiarity with appropriate mathematical concepts, principles, methods and vocabulary
  • To develop students' understanding of mathematics in its widest context and to see how it relates to themselves outside school.
  • To enable independent and group work for all students.
  • To allow all students to have equal access to mathematics and to experience success in their work.
  • To allows students to develop transferable skills and informed opinions about their mathematics and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
Fundamental to the aims of the Department being achieved is a realisation that the learning and development of a pupil in mathematics, is a partnership between parents, teachers and pupil.
 Mathematics is a universal language which can be used to describe, explain and interpret the world in which we live. Above all it can be used to convey meaning;
  • Mathematics provides a means of communication which is powerful, concise and unambiguous;
  • Mathematical competence is important and useful in many areas of life, study and areas of future employment; and
  • Mathematics has an inherent fascination and appeal of its own irrespective of its applications.
In Nendrum College, all junior school students follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum Programme of Study. Department members use a range of teaching pedagogy to deliver the following topics: 
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shape, Space and Measure
  • Handling Data
  • Using and Applying Mathematics in Financial Contexts
Homework is set on a weekly basis at intervals directed by the College Homework Timetable.  For further information, please contact the College directly.
Students in Year 10 will complete an examination in June in order to assess formally, their level of attainment.  In addition to this, throughout Key Stage 3, they will complete a series of investigative tasks to assess their level of progression.  

 The main strands within the mathematics syllabus are: 
  • Number and Algebra;
  • Geometry & Measure; and
  • Statistics & Probability.


A variety of approaches are used to enable students to:
  • Respond orally and in writing to questions about mathematics;
  • To discuss mathematical ideas;
  • Carry out practical and investigative work;
  • Carry out mental calculations; and
  • To undertake extended pieces of work of a mathematical nature. 


The emphasis of all classwork is on understanding and applying skills in real world contexts.
Currently all students in Year 12 have the opportunity to avail of exam support workshops after school in preparation for their forthcoming GCSE examinations. They begin at 3.05pm and continue until 4.00pm. They are offered by the following members of staff on an ‘open-door’ basis. Students are not required to attend the revision class offered by their own teacher, they can go to any member of staff in the department.
Teacher Day Exam (January 2018)
Mr Rogan Tuesday Module T2 (Repeat Yr 12)
Mr Cowden Wednesday Module T2 (Repeat Yr 12)
Mr McKee Thursday Module T2 (Repeat Yr 12)
Mr McKeag Wednesday Module T3 (Repeat Yr 12)


Pupils will be entered for the CCEA GCSE Examination at one of the two levels depending on the ability they have demonstrated throughout the two year course.
TIER                                  POSSIBLE GRADES
Higher                                A* - C
Foundation                         C - G
This course consists of a Module Test (45%) and a Final Examination worth (55%). Pupils will sit the Module Test in June of Year 11 and may repeat this in January of Year 12 allowing them scope and opportunity to improve their marks.
Students undertaking Modules T1/T2 (Foundation):
The Module Examination in Year 11 will consist of one external written paper lasting 1 hour 30min paper.  Students will be able to use a calculator.
Studets undertaking Modules T3/T4 (Higher):
The Module Examination in Year 11 will consist of one external written paper lasting 2 hours.  Students will be able to use a calculator.
Students undertaking Module T5 (Foundation):
This will be an external written test consisting of two papers.  One paper with calculator and one paper without.  Each paper will last 1 hour.
Students undertaking Module T6 (Higher):
This will be an external written test consisting of two papers.  One paper with calculator and one paper without.  Each paper will last 1 hour 15 minutes.
The vast majority of employers deem a Mathematics qualification a basic requirement regardless of the type of job. Therefore it is basic necessity that some form of qualification is obtained in Mathematics.  Without a Mathematics qualification career options are limited.

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