Head Start Maths


If you would like to register for a part-time programme then you have the option of completing the Institute of Technology Tallaght Head Start Maths Course. The aim of this programme is to allow a thorough revision and consolidation of key basic mathematical topics. On completion of the course you will be given a competency test based on what you have learned.

The course runs in May/June/July and August/September each year.

You should consider completing the IT Tallaght Head Start Maths Course IF

  • You do not meet the mathematics requirements for the course of your choice.
  • You are considering completing an Engineering or Science course which involves advanced mathematics. For Example: FESCAP (Ab-Initio Ordinary degree in Mechanical Engineering) in ACCS mode
  • You are a mature applicant who has applied to ITT Dublin for an engineering, science or computing course and you would like to do some preparatory work on your mathematics prior to starting your course in September 2018.

Aims: The aim of this module is to allow a thorough revision and consolidation of key basic mathematical topics that are necessary for students prior to entry onto the programmes in IT Tallaght which contain mathematical content.

  • Learning Outcomes:
    Having successfully completed this module, the student will be able to:
    1. Calculate and simplify numerical expressions involving scientific (standard form) notation.
    2. Manipulate and solve algebraic expressions and equations.
    3. Apply the basic techniques of trigonometry to solve problems.
    4. Find the equation of a straight line through data.
  • Content
    Arithmetic: Arithmetic of real numbers, indices, fractions, scientific form.
    Algebraic expressions and formulae: Precedence rules. Manipulation of algebraic expressions. Manipulation of algebraic fractions. Factorisation of quadratic expressions. Recognition of the graphs of simple quadratic forms.
    Algebraic equations: Solution of linear and quadratic equations.
    Co-ordinate geometry: Cartesian co-ordinates. Equation of a straight line. Plotting simple linear laws, y-intercept and slope.
    Trigonometry: Right-angled triangles. sin, cos and tan. Pythagoras’ theorem. Solution of right-angled triangles. Introduction to sine and cosine rules.


Course Timetable

The course runs on 5 consecutive Saturday mornings from 10:00 - 13:00, students will also be required to study online using resources that are provided.

The course will be run twice over the coming months:

Cohort 1
Saturday 2 June – Saturday 30 June 2018

Cohort 2
Saturday 11 August – Saturday 8 Sept 2018

The cost of this programme is €100.  

To apply for the Head Start Maths course please complete this Application Form and return to the Lifelong Learning Department.








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