M4 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum

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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