Year 12 – Essential Mathematics

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: Maths Leader

Recommended Background

Grade C or higher in Stage 1 Mathematical Methods or General Mathematics and /or teacher recommendation.

Course Description

Stage 2 Essential 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.

Stage 2 Essential Mathematics has 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. Students are to maintain a folio containing all assessment tasks.

  • Numeracy skills with and without technology
  • Industry relevant skills – measurement, trigonometry, relevant algebra, statistics, running a small business, investments and loans
  • Literacy skills – comprehension of technical problems, application writing and report writing.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Skills and Application Tasks (30%)
  • Investigations Folio (40%).

External Assessment:

  • Examination (30%).

Note: A SACE approved Graphics Calculator is required.