Mathematics Department

A Mathematical understanding is fundamental to surviving in the modern world and through our well-structured curricula and common exam papers we hope to facilitate this objective.
Mathematics is a requirement for a great number of jobs and courses. In terms of jobs, employers look for numeracy skills in all areas, including apprenticeships, nursing and the Gardaí.
Leaving Certificate students who pass higher-level maths will be rewarded with 25 CAO bonus points for university entry. The bonus will be a standard 25, giving students 70 points for a higher level D3 up to a maximum of 125 for an A1.
The participating institutions are: DCU, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, UCC, UCD, Trinity College, the University of Limerick, the Royal College of Surgeons, and all Institutes of Technology.
DIT have announced that students getting an 'E' grade at higher level maths will be considered to have passed.
There are many Level 8 degree programmes you can’t take if you don’t get a minimum of C3 in higher-level maths; engineering, computer science, science, information and computer technology courses and most degrees that include maths as a core subject.
From a careers perspective, students considering a career in any area of science, medicine, engineering, business, or finance should be studying higher level maths if at all possible, as large portions of the higher level course will be reviewed or assumed at third level. There are of course many other careers and courses which benefit from a knowledge of higher level maths.
A pass in ordinary level maths is essential for entry to the majority of courses. Passing ordinary level maths is extremely important, as the majority of CAO courses require at least a D3; and students who don’t meet this requirement are often left with few third level education options.
There is a growing number of colleges and courses that offer places to students who secure a minimum of a grade A or B in maths at Foundation level.