General Mathematics


​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4

What is  General Mathematics?

General Mathematics’ major domains are Number and algebra, Measurement and geometry, Statistics, and Networks and matrices, building on the content of the P–10 Australian Curriculum. 

General Mathematics is designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require calculus. 

Students build on and develop key mathematical ideas, including rates and percentages, concepts from financial mathematics, linear and non-linear expressions, sequences, the use of matrices and networks to model and solve authentic problems, the use of trigonometry to find solutions to practical problems, and the exploration of real-world phenomena in statistics.
Students engage in a practical approach that equips learners for their needs as future citizens. They learn to ask appropriate questions, map out pathways, reason about complex solutions, set up models and communicate in different forms. 
They experience the relevance of mathematics to their daily lives, communities and cultural backgrounds. They develop the ability to understand, analyse and take action regarding social issues in their world. 

What makes a student suited to General Mathematics?

Students who achieve success in General Mathematics are those who : 
  • aim to do further study after Year 12 in the technical trades or tertiary with moderate mathematical demands 
  • are required to do further mathematics but struggle with complex algebra 
  • are able to manage their time and are successful in tests 

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Minimum C+ standard for year 9 Core Mathematics.

What is the cost of this subject?

Nil - all costs covered by the Student Resource Scheme.

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Scientific Calculator
  • A4 exercise book for class use 
  • BYOD Device
  • Internet Access for digital textbook access

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Statistics
Mensuration (measurement)
Pythagoras and trigonometry
Geometric proofs
Summative internal assessment 1
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment 2:
• Examination
 Semester 2Financial mathematics
Linear and non-linear relationships
Consumer arithmetic
Mensuration (measurement)
Summative internal assessment 3
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment 4:
• Examination
Year 11Unit 1Money, measurement and relations
• Consumer arithmetic
• Shape and measurement
• Linear equations and their graphs
Formative internal assessment 1: 20%
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Formative internal assessment 2: 15%
• Examination
Unit 2Applied trigonometry, algebra, matrices and univariate data
• Applications of trigonometry
• Algebra and matrices
• Univariate data analysis
Formative internal assessment 3 : 15%
• Examination
Formative internal assessment 4: 50%
• Examination
Year 12Unit 3Bivariate data, sequences and change, and Earth geometry
• Bivariate data analysis
• Time series analysis
• Growth and decay in sequences
• Earth geometry and time zones
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 20%
• Problem-solving and modelling task
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 15%
• Examination
Unit 4Investing and networking
• Loans, investments and annuities
• Graphs and networks
• Networks and decision mathematics
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 15%
• Examination
Summative external assessment (EA): 50%
• Examination

Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022