Subject Details - Stage 2 Essential Mathematics

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SACE StageSACE Stage 2
SACE Credits20 credits
Curriculum AreaMathematics
Subject Length2 semesters
Contact PersonMr. Bill Demertzis
DescriptionEssential Mathematics offers senior secondary students the opportunity to extend their mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem-solving in everyday and workplace contexts. Students apply their mathematics to diverse settings, including everyday calculations, financial management, business applications, measurement and geometry, and statistics in social contexts.
In Essential Mathematics there is an emphasis on developing students’ computational skills and expanding their ability to apply their mathematical skills in flexible and resourceful ways.
This subject is intended for students planning to pursue a career in a range of trades or vocations.

TopicsStage 2 Essential Mathematics consists of the following six topics:
Topic 1: Scales, Plans, and Models
Topic 2: Measurement
Topic 3: Business Applications
Topic 4: Statistics
Topic 5: Investments and Loans
Topic 6: Open Topic
Students study five topics from the list of six topics above. All students must study topics 2, 4, and 5.

AssessmentEach unit is assessed through: School-Based Assessment (70%) which consists of skills and applications tasks (30%) and folio work (40%); External Assessment (30%) which consists of an external examination set by the SACE Board.
Relationship To Further StudyTrades, TAFE or University pathway.
PrerequisitesA satisfactory level of achievement in Stage 1 General Mathematics.
Special ConditionsAccess to a graphics calculator is essential for this course.