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- Created on Friday, 17 December 2010
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 August 2012
2009 was the first year students could enrol in one or both of the new Mathematics Courses. The Courses consist of units of study which are intended to be studied in pairs over the whole school year. The Courses are Mathematics General (MAT) and Mathematics Specialist (MAS).
The first WACE (West Australian Certificate of Education) exam for the new Mathematics courses was conducted in 2010.
Students may choose from one to four courses over Years 11 and 12.
Subjects should be chosen with a view to satisfy pre-requisites for later studies with TAFE or the universities.
For potential students who are unsure whether they have the necessary pre-requisites to study with SIDE, student services personnel are available to provide advice. We recommend completion of the Enrolment Unit for the chosen unit.
The Mathematics General course has been designed to cater for the full range of student abilities and their mathematics achievement at the beginning of their senior years of schooling. The units are written as a sequential development of mathematical concepts, understandings and skills.
They are grouped in four stages. Preliminary units provide opportunities for practical and well supported learning to help students develop skills. Stage One units emphasise practical uses of mathematics for daily life and the workplace. Stage Two and Stage Three units extend the mathematical development in all areas, providing preparation for daily life, the workplace and further studies.
All units in the Mathematics Specialist Course are at Stage 3 and provide opportunities to extend knowledge and understandings in challenging academic learning contexts.
Details of all the units on offer can be found in the Senior Secondary Choices handbook.