Year 11 – Essential Mathematics

This subject is not recommended for students wanting to pursue Mathematics at Stage 2 or beyond. It does not provide a pathway to Stage 2 Essential Mathematics

Length: Full Year (Two 10 credit semesters)
Contact: Maths Leader

Recommended Background

Entry to this course is by teacher recommendation only. This course is designed to allow students with limited mathematical skills to achieve the compulsory numeracy requirements of SACE.

Course Description

Stage 1 Essential Mathematics is designed for students who are seeking to meet the SACE numeracy requirement; or students who are planning to pursue a trades or vocational pathway. 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.

Stage 1 Essential Mathematics consists of the following seven topics:

  • Topic 1: Calculations, time, and ratio
  • Topic 2: Earning and spending
  • Topic 3: Geometry
  • Topic 4: Data in context
  • Topic 5: Measurement
  • Topic 6: Investing
  • Topic 7: Open topic.

Note: A SACE approved scientific calculator is required for this subject. It is highly recommended that students purchase a suitable calculator prior to commencing this course.


Students must achieve a C grade or higher to achieve their compulsory SACE numeracy requirement. Students will complete two summative tests and two folio tasks per semester.

Leads To

NB. Does not lead to a Stage 2 Mathematics pathway