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Mathematics

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Mathematics and numeracy provide a way of interpreting every day and practical situations, and provide the basis for many informed personal decisions. Successful mathematics learning lays the foundations for study in many disciplines at tertiary level and in the applications of those disciplines.

Mathematics in Senior Secondary

Mathematics A

The senior syllabus in Mathematics A is a recommended precursor to further study and training in the technical trades such as toolmaking, sheet-metal working, fitting and turning, carpentry and plumbing, auto mechanics, tourism and hospitality, and administrative and managerial employment in a wide range of industries. It is also suitable as a precursor to tertiary studies in subjects with moderate demand in mathematics.

Mathematics B

The senior syllabus in Mathematics B is a recommended precursor to tertiary studies in subjects with high demand in mathematics, especially in the areas of science, medicine, mining and engineering, information technology, mathematics, finance, and business and economics.

Mathematics C

The Senior syllabus in mathematics C is a recommended companion subject to Mathematics B. It provides additional preparation for tertiary studies in subjects with high demand in mathematics, especially in the areas of science, medicine, mining and engineering, information technology, mathematics, finance, and business and economics.

Prevocational mathematics

Prevocational Mathematics is designed to help students improve their numeracy by building their confidence and success in making meaning of mathematics. In this course students are encouraged to work both independently and cooperatively to carry out tasks of a real-life nature, with scaffolding from the teacher. Topics covered include the costs owning a car, budgeting for leaving home, understanding pay slips, managing mobile phone costs or applying mathematics in work-related contexts.

Starting in Queensland in 2019, there will be changes to the curriculum being delivered to Year 11 students and each subsequent cohort.
These changes include a move from the current Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Admission Rank (ATAR), as used by other Australian states and territories.
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Last reviewed 16 April 2019
Last updated 16 April 2019