Essential Mathematics is designed for a range of students, including those who are seeking to meet the SACE numeracy requirement, and students who are planning to pursue a career in a range of trades or vocational pathways. There is an emphasis on extending students' mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving in everyday and workplace contexts, in flexible and resourceful ways.
Students who study Essential Mathematics in Stage 1 are unable to study a Mathematics course in Stage 2. Students intending to study Stage 2 General Mathematics must undertake 20 credits of General Mathematics at Stage 1.
Students in Stage 1 study one of three levels of Mathematics. A students Year 10 results and teachers recommendation should be considered when deciding which level to select.
A student working below standard (a D or E grade) in Year 10 Mathematics should select Essential Mathematics. Students working at standard (a C grade) may select General Mathematics or Essential Mathematics. Students working above standard (an A or B grade) can select General Mathematics, though should select Mathematical Methods if they have career aspirations that requires high level Mathematical knowledge.
The following topics provide the framework for learning in Stage 1 Essential Mathematics.
Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.
Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
Four assessment pieces are completed in each semester of Stage 1 Essential Mathematics.
Stage 1 Essential Mathematics is assessed using two criteria:
A Course Overview, outlining the specific criteria assessed for each task, can be provided upon request.
Successful completion of this subject leads to: students receiving their SACE Numeracy credits. There are no Mathematics courses available at Stage 2 for students who study Essential Mathematics in Stage 1.
SACE requires all students to achieve a C grade or higher in one semester of any Mathematics course in Stage 1. Students who are successful have the option to choose to select an alternative elective in semester 2 or continue with a second semester of Mathematics. Students who are not successful must study a second semester of Mathematics
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