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When choosing mathematics subjects, it is also important to bear in mind the following:

  • Consider the advice of your current mathematics teacher.
  • Previous difficulties encountered with mathematics. The learning and understanding of mathematics is cumulative. It is therefore necessary to be realistic in subject choices especially if difficulty has been experienced with mathematics in the past.
  • Carefully note the mathematics prerequisites for tertiary courses, especially information given in fine print about the possible need for bridging subjects. There is evidence to suggest that students who do a bridging course instead of studying the subject in Year 12 tend to struggle with the course.
  • Earlier ‘success’ in mathematics due to rote learning does not provide a firm foundation for future studies in this subject. Mathematics is a language requiring an increased knowledge, understanding, awareness and appreciation of its vocabulary and syntax for higher-level studies.
  • Mathematics and statistics are included in many university courses.
  • The growing popularity of mathematics in double degrees, for example, maths and finance, maths and law as well as in commerce and engineering.

WACE General options:

  1. Single mathematics for students to develop general mathematical skills for further training or employment such as TAFE and Hospitality
    • Year 11 – Mathematics Essentials Unit 1 & 2
    • Year 12 – Mathematics Essentials Unit 3 & 4


Mathematics Essentials – Year 11 General

This course focuses on using mathematics effectively, efficiently and critically to make informed decisions. It provides students with mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding to solve problems in real contexts for a range of workplace, personal, further learning and community settings. This course provides the opportunity for students to prepare for post-school options of employment and further training.

Unit 1 and 2

By the end of this unit students:

  • understand the concepts and techniques in calculations, measurement, algebra, graphs, representing and comparing data, percentages, rates and ratios, and time and motion
  • apply reasoning skills and solve practical problems in calculations, measurement, algebra, graphs, representing and comparing data, percentages, rates and ratios, and time and motion
  • communicate their arguments and strategies when solving mathematical and statistical problems using appropriate mathematical or statistical language
  • interpret mathematical and statistical information and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems.


Mathematics Essentials – Year 12 General

Unit 3 and Unit 4

By the end of these units, students:

  • understand the concepts and techniques in measurement, scales, plans and models, graphs and data collection, probability and relative frequencies, earth geometry and time zones, loans and compound interest
  • apply reasoning skills and solve practical problems in measurement, scales, plans and models, graphs and data collection, probability and relative frequencies, earth geometry and time zones, loans and compound interest
  • communicate their arguments and strategies when solving mathematical problems using appropriate mathematical and statistical language
  • interpret mathematical information, and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems