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Curriculum 2023

Mathematics A


Subject Name Mathematics A
Year Level 11
Subject Length Semester
Subject Type Compulsory
Year 12 Pathway Year 12 Mathematical Methods
Staff Contact Amanda Clark


This course gives students the abilities and skills required in the workplace and in everyday life. They learn how to approach new challenges by investigating, modelling, reasoning, visualising and problem-solving with the goal of communicating the relationships observed and the problems solved.  

Students gain knowledge of theoretical concepts in mathematics and focus on higher-order thinking skills to solve complex problems. Graphics calculators are used to consolidate concepts and to provide further opportunities for students to investigate mathematical phenomena.  

Topics may include:

  • Relations and Functions
  • Polynomials
  • Trigonometry  
This course will provide students with the necessary skills to enter Mathematics B and Mathematics C in Semester 2.


Skills and Applications Tasks  75% 

  • Three tests - 60 minutes each
Mathematical Investigation  25% 
  • Approximately 8 pages

Additional Information

Students will require an approved SACE Graphics Calculator (recommended TI-84 Plus CE). Preferred prerequisite knowledge – an average of a B grade or better in common tests and assessments in Year 10 Extended Mathematics and/or teacher recommendation.  

Students must achieve a C grade in 10-credits of Year 11 Mathematics to meet the Numeracy requirement of the SACE.   

Students will be enrolled in Mathematics classes based on teacher recommendations and parent approval. Teacher recommendations are based on previous achievements, PAT results and career pathway. Negotiations can be made if a specific pathway is required for students.