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The place of the Mathematics Advanced Stage 6 Syllabus in the K–12 curriculum

This diagram places Mathematics Advanced Stage 6 in the K–12 curriculum as a whole and shows the flow of learning from prior to starting school, to post school pathways.  The diagram begins with prior to school learning, explaining how students bring a range of knowledge, understanding and skills they develop at home to the school setting in Early Stage 1. Step 2 shows the Early Stage 1 – Stage 3 mandatory Mathematics K–10 course. Step 3 shows the Stage 4 mandatory Mathematics K–10 courses. Step 4 shows the mandatory Stage 5 Mathematics K–10 course divided into Mathematics Life Skills and Stages 5.1, 5.1/5.2, 5.2, 5.2/5.3 and 5.3. Step 5 shows the list of Stage 6 elective Mathematics courses including Mathematics Life Skills, Mathematics Standard, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2. The final step shows community, other education and learning and workplace pathways.

Building on Mathematics Learning in Stage 5


The outcomes and content in the Stage 6 Mathematics Advanced syllabus are written with the assumption that students studying this course will have engaged with all substrands of Stage 5.1 and Stage 5.2 and with the following substrands of Stage 5.3 - Algebraic techniques, Surds and indices, Equations, Linear relationships, Trigonometry and Pythagoras’ theorem and Single variable data analysis. Consequently content in the NSW Mathematics K–10 Syllabus up to and including this level is also implicit in this syllabus. In a number of cases where content from Stage 5 is included it is in the context of review for clarity and completeness. Schools have the opportunity to review other areas of Stage 5 content as appropriate to meet the needs of students.