Did you know that female mathematicians as late as the early 19th century had to pose as men in order to be taught mathematics!

Did Pythagoras really discover THAT theorem?

And why was someone murdered over it?

So what is so fascinating about the Mobius strip as made famous by the Dutch artist, ME Escher?

Why is there no Nobel prize in Mathematics?

The aim of the Mathematics Department at HunterhouseCollege is to ensure that all girls fulfil their mathematical potential.

It is of crucial importance to us that we prepare girls for whatever they go on to do in life, whether that be following a mathematical or scientific career or not.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 all girls follow the Northern Ireland Revised Curriculum which prepares them for the GCSE course in Mathematics and, if they choose, Additional Mathematics.


In Key Stage 4 girls follow the CCEA GCSE course being sitting examinations at the end of year 11 and 12 in GCSE Mathematics.

Additional Mathematics is also an option for girls who enjoy and show a flair for mathematics. The course extends knowledge beyond the scope of the single Mathematics course and provides a sound basis for A level Mathematics.

A Level

It is a truth uniformly acknowledged that A level Mathematics is one of the most difficult A levels that can be taken. However, it is also one of the most rewarding A levels and one that does provide the skills required for any science based degree course.

All girls starting the A level course should have achieved at least a grade B at the Higher tier GCSE course. GCSE Additional Mathematics is not a prerequisite, but would be an advantage. Above all, girls must be prepared to work hard from day 1!