Learning mathematics creates opportunities and enriches the lives of all Australians. The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.
Year 7 - 10
- Number and algebra
- Measurement and geometry
- Statistics and probability
- Specialist maths
Year 11 - 12
General Mathematics is designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require calculus. Students will learn to ask appropriate questions, map out pathways, reason about complex solutions, set up models and communicate in different forms. They will experience the relevance of mathematics to their daily lives, communities and cultural backgrounds.
- Money measurement and relations
- Applied trigonometry
- Matrices and univariate data
- Bivariate data, sequences and change
- Investing and networking
Mathematical Methods enables students to see the connections between mathematics and other areas of the curriculum and apply their mathematical skills to real-world problems, becoming critical thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers. Students develop the ability to translate written, numerical, algebraic, symbolic and graphical information from one representation to another.
- Algebra, statistics and functions
- Calculus and further functions
- Further calculus
- Further functions and statistics
Specialist Mathematics is designed for students who develop confidence in their mathematical knowledge and ability and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners. Students learn topics that are developed systematically, with increasing levels of sophistication, complexity and connection, building on functions, calculus, statistics from Mathematical Methods, while vectors, complex numbers and matrices are introduced.
- Combinations, vectors and proof
- Complex numbers, trigonometry, functions and matrices
- Mathematical induction, and further vectors, matrices and complex numbers
Essential Mathematics benefits students because they develop skills that go beyond the traditional ideas of numeracy. Students learn within a practical context related to general employment and successful participation in society, drawing on the mathematics used by various professional and industry groups.
- Number, data and graphs
- Money, travel and data
- Measurement, scales and data
- Graphs, chance and loans