Stage 6 - Years 11 and 12
Mathematics can be chosen as an elective in Year 11 and 12 and there are two broad pathways that students can follow: General Mathematics and Mathematics.
General Mathematics focuses on mathematical skills and techniques that have direct application to everyday activity. The course content is written in five areas of study, with an emphasis on application of specific skills and on tasks that involve integrating mathematical skills and techniques across a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations. These tasks may draw from more than one area of study and encourage transfer of knowledge across the entire course, as well as linking with study in other Stage 6 subjects.
The course assumes that students have achieved the outcomes in the 5.2 course.
The course is intended to give students who have demonstrated general competence in the skills of Stage 5 Mathematics an understanding of, and competence in, some further aspects of mathematics, which are applicable to the real world. It has general educational merit and is also useful for concurrent studies in science and commerce. The course is a sufficient basis for further studies in mathematics as a minor discipline at tertiary level in support of courses such as the life sciences or commerce. Students who require substantial mathematics at a tertiary level, supporting the physical sciences, computer science or engineering, should undertake the Mathematics Extension 1 course or both the Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2 courses.
The course assumes that students have achieved the outcomes in the 5.3 course.
Mathematics Extension 1 and 2
The content of the Extension courses and its depth of treatment indicate that it is intended for students who have demonstrated a mastery of the skills of Stage 5 Mathematics and who are interested in the study of further skills and ideas in mathematics. The course is intended to give these students a thorough understanding of and competence in aspects of mathematics, including many which are applicable to the real world. It has general educational merit and is also useful for concurrent studies of science, industrial arts and commerce.
The course assumes that students have achieved the outcomes of the 5.3 course.