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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.


Mathematics Pathways

PLC offers the following options for mathematics: 

WACE ATAR options:

  1. Double mathematics for university entry to specialist courses such as Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics
    • Year 11 – Mathematics Methods Unit 1 & 2 and Mathematics Specialist Units 1 & 2
    • Year 12 – Mathematics Methods Unit 3 & 4 and Mathematics Specialist Units 3 & 4
  2. Single mathematics for university courses where further mathematics is likely to be needed such as Medicine, Commerce, Law and Physiotherapy.
    • Year 11 – Mathematics Methods Unit 1 & 2
    • Year 12 – Mathematics Methods Unit 3 & 4
  3. Single mathematics for further education and training or university entry where further mathematics is unlikely to be needed such as Counselling and Journalism.
    • Year 11 – Mathematics Applications Unit 1 & 2
    • Year 12 – Mathematics Applications Unit 3 & 4

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 Applications – Year 11 ATAR

This course focuses on the use of mathematics to solve problems in contexts that involve financial modelling, geometric and trigonometric analysis, graphical and network analysis, and growth and decay in sequences. It also provides opportunities for students to develop systematic strategies based on the statistical investigation process for answering statistical questions that involve analysing univariate and bivariate data, including time series data.

Unit 1 and Unit 2

By the end of these units, students:

  • understand the concepts and techniques in consumer arithmetic algebra and matrices, shape and measurement, univariate data analysis and the statistical process, linear equations and their graphs, and applications of trigonometry
  • apply reasoning skills and solve practical problems in consumer arithmetic algebra and matrices, shape and measurement, univariate data analysis and the statistical process, linear equations and their graphs, and applications of trigonometry
  • communicate arguments and strategies and solving mathematical and statistical problems using appropriate mathematical and statistical language
  • interpret mathematical and statistical information, and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems and answers to statistical questions
  • choose and use technology appropriately and efficiently.


Mathematics Applications – Year 12 ATAR

Unit 3 and 4

By the end of these units, students:

  • understand the concepts and techniques in bivariate data analysis, growth and decay in sequences, graphs and networks, time series analysis, loans, investments and annuities; and decision mathematics
  • apply reasoning skills and solve practical problems in bivariate data analysis, growth and decay in sequences, graphs and networks, time series analysis, loans, investments and annuities; and decision mathematics
  • communicate their arguments and strategies and solving mathematical and statistical problems using appropriate mathematical and statistical language
  • interpret mathematical and statistical information, and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems and answers to statistical questions
  • choose and use technology appropriately and efficiently.