This is a quick over view of the topics in the M4 CCEA GCSE Maths curriculum.

**M4 is the gateway paper **and the **completion paper is M8.** Read about the M8 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum here.

## M4 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum – Foundation

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M4 – this can be sat in January or June and makes up 45% of the overall score. The final grades the can be achieved are A – D. The exam is 2 hours long. Students can use a calculator.

Students should learn the M1, M2 and M3 curriculum before starting M4.

#### Learning Outcomes For M4:

##### Number and Algebra

- calculate the upper and lower bounds in calculations involving subtraction and division of numbers expressed to a given degree of accuracy
- factorise quadratic expressions of the form: \(ax^{2}+bx+c\)
- add or subtract algebraic fractions with linear denominators, for example simplify \(\frac{2}{x+2}+\frac{3}{2x-1}\)
- set up and solve equations such as \(\frac{2}{x+2}+\frac{3}{2x-1}=1\)
- set up and solve quadratic equations using factors and the formula where the coefficient of \(x^{2}\neq 1\), and more complex equations; understand and use the gradients of perpendicular lines

##### Geometry and Measures

- solve more complex mensuration problems, for example frustums
- understand and use circle theorems

##### Data Handling

- understand and use stratified sampling techniques
- construct and interpret histograms for grouped continuous data with unequal class intervals

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