This is a quick over view of the topics in the M2 CCEA GCSE Maths curriculum.

**M2 is the gateway paper **and the **completion paper is M6.** Read about the M6 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum here.

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## M2 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum – Foundation

M2 – this can be sat in January or June and makes up 45% of the overall score. The final grades the can be achieved are *C – G. The exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes long. Students can use a calculator.

Students should learn the M1 curriculum before starting M2.

#### Learning Outcomes For M2 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum:

##### Number and Algebra

- use index notation and index laws for positive, whole number powers
- use the concepts and vocabulary of divisor, highest common factor, least (lowest) common multiple and prime factor decomposition
- add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals of any size
- round to a specified or appropriate number of significant figures
- recognise that recurring decimals are exact fractions and that some exact fractions are recurring decimals; add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, including mixed numbers; use percentage and repeated proportional change
- calculate with money and solve problems in a finance context, for example compound interest, insurance, taxation, mortgages and investments; simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions by multiplying a single term over a bracket
- manipulate algebraic expressions by taking out common factors that are terms
- set up and solve linear equations in one unknown, including those with the unknown on both sides of the equation and equations of the form: \(\frac{x}{4}+3=7\)
- find the midpoint and length of a line given in 2D co-ordinates
- find and interpret gradients and intercepts of linear graphs, for example plot and interpret the graph of the cost of car hire at £40 per day plus a cost of 20p per mile;

##### Geometry and Measures

- use compound measures or units such as density
- calculate perimeters and areas of kite, parallelogram, rhombus and trapezium
- calculate perimeters and areas of composite shapes
- calculate volumes of right prisms; and use Pythagoras’ theorem in 2D problems.

##### Data Handling

- use 3 circle Venn diagrams to sort data
- estimate mean from a grouped frequency distribution
- identify the modal class and the median class from a grouped frequency distribution
- draw and/or use lines of best fit by eye, understanding what these lines represent
- draw conclusions from scatter diagrams; use terms such as positive correlation, negative correlation and little or no correlation
- interpolate and extrapolate from data and know the dangers of doing so
- identify outliers; and appreciate that correlation does not imply causality

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