Leaving Certificate Mathematics aims to develop mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, life and work. By teaching mathematics in contexts that allow learners to see connections within mathematics, between mathematics and other subjects, and between mathematics and its applications to real life, it is envisaged that learners will develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking and the enthusiasm to search for creative solutions.

The objectives of Leaving Certificate Mathematics is to:

- Develop the ability to recall relevant mathematical facts
- Instrumental understanding (“knowing how”)
- Necessary psychomotor skills (skills of physical coordination)
- Relational understanding (“knowing why”)
- The ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and skill to solve problems in familiar and in unfamiliar contexts
- Analytical and creative powers in mathematics
- An appreciation of and positive disposition towards mathematics