Year 12 – Specialist Mathematics

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

Recommended Background

Grade B or higher in Stage 1 Specialist Mathematics and/or teacher recommendation.

Course Description

Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics draws on and deepens students’ mathematical knowledge, skills, and understanding, and provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in using rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and using mathematical models. It includes the study of functions and calculus. The subject can support study in a range of tertiary courses such as mathematical sciences, engineering,
computer science, and physical sciences.

Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics topics include:

• Mathematical induction
• Complex numbers
• Functions and Sketching Graphs
• Vectors in three dimensions
• Integration Techniques and Applications
• Rates of Change and Differential Equations.


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 (school based) (50%)
  • Investigations Portfolio (20%).

External Assessment:

  • Examination (30%).

Note: A SACE approved Graphics Calculator is required.