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The Mathematics Faculty is a dynamic department that acknowledges the diversity of the backgrounds and abilities of our students and endeavours to teach Mathematics in ways that enable students to maximise their potential.

Students are provided with opportunities to apply their mathematics in situations that interest them. A variety of teaching strategies are employed to develop concepts and enhance students’ learning of Mathematics.

Years 7 To 10 Mathematics Course Description

The Australian Curriculum is being implemented for the start of 2014 in New South Wales through new syllabuses developed by the Board of Studies. The new Mathematics syllabus includes agreed Australian Curriculum content that clarifies learning for Mathematics for Year 7 through to Year 10.

All students in Years 9 and 10 study one of three courses in Mathematics – Core 1 (Pathway 5.1), Core 2 (Pathway 5.2) or Core 3 (Pathway 5.3).

The syllabus identifies the knowledge, skills, understanding, values and attitudes students are expected to develop at each stage, from Year 9 to Year 10.

The Core 1 course is designed for students who need to develop the mathematical skills necessary for everyday life.  The course focuses on the development of these skills in a practical context. The Core 2 course also focuses on the development of mathematical skills needed in everyday life, but extends these skills in purely mathematical contexts.  The Core 3 course is a theoretical, abstract course, designed for students who intend to study the higher courses of Mathematics in the senior school.

HSC Course Description

General 1 Mathematics (1u)

The course is intended for students who have demonstrated competence in the processes and skills of Mathematics Core 2 and Mathematics Core 1.

It is recommended for students who do not wish to pursue the further study of Mathematics at tertiary level. It provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of and competence in further aspects of mathematics through a large variety of real-world applications for concurrent HSC studies such as vocational education and training courses, other practically oriented courses, and some humanities courses, and for vocational pathways, in the workforce or in further training.

General 2 Mathematics (2u)

The course is intended for students who have demonstrated a basic level of competence in the processes and skills of Core 3 Mathematics or a sound level of competence in Core 2 Mathematics.

It is recommended for students who do not wish to pursue the further study of Mathematics at tertiary level, but require a strong Mathematics foundation for further study in the areas of business, humanities or nursing.  The course is also designed to support TAFE and other vocational courses.

Mathematics (2u)

The course is intended for students who have demonstrated a sound level of competence in the processes and skills of Core 3 Mathematics or an extremely high level of competence in Core 2 Mathematics. 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.

Mathematics Extension (3u)

The course is intended for students who have demonstrated a high level of competence in the processes and skills of Core 3 Mathematics. The content of the course, which includes the whole of the Mathematics 2 unit course, and its depth of treatment indicate that it is recommended for students who are interested in further studies in Mathematics as a major discipline at tertiary level.  It is also recommended for students requiring the study of Mathematics in support of the physical and engineering sciences.