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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 Specialist – Year 11 ATAR

This course provides opportunities, beyond those presented in Mathematical Methods, to develop rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and to use mathematical models more extensively. Mathematics Specialist contains topics in functions and calculus that build on and deepen the ideas presented in Mathematical Methods as well as demonstrate their application in many areas. Mathematics Specialist also extends understanding and knowledge of statistics and introduces the topics of vectors, complex numbers and matrices. Mathematics Specialist is the only mathematics course that should not be taken as a stand-alone course.

Unit 1 and 2

By the end of these units, students:

  • understand the concepts and techniques in combinatrics, geometry, vectors, trigonometry, real and complex numbers, and matrices
  • apply reasoning skills and solve problems in combinatrics, geometry, vectors, trigonometry, real and complex numbers, and matrices
  • communicate their arguments and strategies when solving problems
  • construct proofs in a variety of contexts including algebraic and geometric
  • construct proofs of results
  • interpret mathematical information and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems.


Mathematics Specialist – Year 12 ATAR

Unit 3 and 4

By the end of these units, students:

  • understand the concepts and techniques in vectors, complex numbers, functions, graph sketching, applications of calculus and statistical inference
  • apply reasoning skills and solve practical problems in vectors, complex numbers, functions, graph sketching, applications of calculus and statistical inference
  • communicate their arguments and strategies when solving problems
  • construct proofs of results
  • Interpret mathematical and statistical information and ascertain the reasonableness of their solutions to problems.