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NSW Syllabuses

Mathematics in Stage 6

There are six Board-developed Mathematics courses of study for the Higher School Certificate: Mathematics Standard 1, Mathematics Standard 2, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 and Mathematics Life Skills. 

Students of the Mathematics Standard 1 and Mathematics Standard 2 courses study a common Year 11 course, Mathematics Standard Year 11, leading to the Mathematics Standard 1 Year 12 and Mathematics Standard 2 Year 12 courses. Schools have flexibility in providing alternate approaches to Mathematics Standard in Year 11 to address material essential for Mathematics Standard 1 in Year 12. This material is denoted by the symbol

Mathematics Advanced consists of the courses Mathematics Advanced Year 11 and Mathematics Advanced Year 12. Students studying one or both Extension courses must study both the Mathematics Advanced Year 11 and Mathematics Extension Year 11 courses before undertaking the study of Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12, or both Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12 and Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12. An alternative approach is for students to study both Mathematics Advanced Year 11 and Mathematics Advanced Year 12 before undertaking the study of Mathematics Extension Year 11 and Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12, or both Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12 and Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12.

The Year 11 and Year 12 course components undertaken by students who study Mathematics Standard 1, Mathematics Standard 2, or Mathematics Advanced, and by students who study Stage 6 Mathematics to Mathematics Extension 1 or Mathematics Extension 2 level, are illustrated below.

Mathematics Standard 1 – Year 11 and Year 12 course components

Diagram of the progression of Mathematics Year 11 Standard (2 units, 120 indicative hours) to Mathematics Standard 1 Year 12 (2 units, 120 indicative hours)

Mathematics Standard 1 or 2 – Year 11 and Year 12 course components

Diagram of the progression of Mathematics Year 11 Standard (2 units, 120 indicative hours) to Mathematics Standard 1 or 2 Year 12 (2 units, 120 indicative hours)

Mathematics Advanced – Year 11 and Year 12 course components

Diagram of the progression of Mathematics Year 11 Advanced (2 units, 120 indicative hours) to Mathematics Advanced Year 12 (2 units, 120 indicative hours)

Mathematics Extension 1 – Co-requisites + Year 11 and Year 12 course components

Diagram of the progression of Mathematics Advanced Year 11 (2 units, 120 indicative hours) and Mathematics Extension 1 Year 11 (1 unit, 60 indicative hours) to Mathematics Advanced Year 12 (2 units, 120 indicative hours) and Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12 (1 unit, 60 indicative hours)

Mathematics Extension 2 – Co-requisites (Year 11 and Year 12 courses) + Year 12 course components

Diagram of the progression of Mathematics Advanced Year 11 (2 units, 120 indicative hours) and Mathematics Extension 1 Year 11 (1 unit, 60 indicative hours) to Mathematics Advanced Year 12 (2 units, 120 indicative hours) and Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12 (1 unit, 60 indicative hours) and Mathematics Extension 2 Year 12 (1 unit, 60 indicative hours)