M6 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum

This is a quick over view of the topics in the M6 CCEA GCSE Maths curriculum.

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

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M6 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum – Foundation

M6 – this can be sat in January or June and makes up 55% of the overall score. The final grades the can be achieved are *C – G. The exam is made up of 2 papers that are each 1 hour long. There is a calculator and a calculator paper.

Students should know the curriculum from M1, M2 and M5 before learning the M6 curriculum.

Learning Outcomes For M6 CCEA GCSE Maths Curriculum:

Number and Algebra
  • understand the principles of number systems
  • convert numbers from decimal to binary (base 2) and vice versa
  • use index laws in algebra for positive powers; use systematic trial and improvement to find approximate solutions of equations where there is no simple analytical method of solving them
  • solve linear inequalities in one variable, and represent the solution set on a number line
  • change the subject of a simple formula
  • find the nth term of a sequence where the rule is linear
  • solve two linear simultaneous equations graphically
  • generate points and plot graphs of simple quadratic functions and use these to find approximate solutions for points of intersection with lines of the form \(y=\pm a\) only.
Geometry and Measures
  • understand and use bearings; calculate and use the sums of the interior and exterior angles of polygons; distinguish properties that are preserved under particular transformations
  • describe and transform 2D shapes using reflections in lines parallel to the x or y axis
  • describe and transform 2D shapes using rotations about any point
  • describe and transform 2D shapes using translations, to include using vector notation
  • understand and use the effect of enlargement on perimeter and area of shapes
  • understand the term congruent; use the standard ruler and compass constructions
  • identify the loci of points, including real life problems
Data Handling
  • systematically list all outcomes for single events and for two successive events
  • understand and use estimates or measures of probability from relative frequency
  • compare experimental data and theoretical probabilities
  • understand that increasing sample size generally leads to better estimates of probability.

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