Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics aims to develop the learner’s capacity to use mathematics to model real-world problems. By focusing on all aspects of the problem-solving cycle it is envisaged that learners will move beyond calculating procedures and gain experience in asking appropriate questions, formulating mathematical representations of problems, and interpreting and verifying results. Through Applied Mathematics, students should learn to appreciate the extent to which mathematics is relevant in everyday life, generating engagement and interest in the process. It is anticipated that digital technology will be used as a learning tool in some aspects of this course.
Applied Mathematics is assessed at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level, by means of two assessment components: a modelling project, and an examination paper.
Both components of assessment reflect the relationship between the application of skills and the theoretical content of the specification.
The modelling project will be based on a brief issued annually by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).