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NSW Syllabuses

Mathematics Life Skills Stage 6 Course Description

Course No: TBC

2 units for Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC).
Board Developed Course.


Mathematics Standard, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2

Course Description

The Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills course aligns with the rationale, aim and objectives of the Stage 6 Mathematics Standard course. The Life Skills content has been developed from the Mathematics Standard syllabus to provide opportunities for integrated delivery.

The Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills course focuses on the development of students’ ability to apply mathematics in a variety of contexts in order to enhance and encourage their participation in post-school contexts. 

Students are provided with opportunities to apply mathematical operations to practical situations and develop problem-solving in real-life situations. They develop their practical skills in measurement, calculating with money, statistics and using plans and maps. Students also have the opportunity to explore the concepts of earning and spending money and apply their understanding in a range of financial decision-making contexts.

Study in the Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills course enhances students’ access to community living, further education, training and employment.


The structure of the Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills course allows teachers to provide a broad and balanced program that reflects the needs of students within the context of the collaborative curriculum planning process.

The course is organised in topics, with the topics divided into subtopics.

Topic: Number and modelling (Algebra)

  • Review of number properties
  • Mathematical modelling

Topic: Measurement

  • Everyday measurement
  • Measuring two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes

Topic: Financial Mathematics

  • Decimals, Percentages and Money
  • Earning Money
  • Spending Money

Topic: Statistics and Probability (Statistical analysis)

  • Statistics
  • Probability

Topic: Plans, Maps and Networks (Networks)

  • Using Plans, Maps and Networks

The topics provide possible frameworks for addressing the Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills outcomes and content, and are suggestions only. The course provides flexibility to develop programs appropriate to the needs, strengths, goals, interests and prior learning of students. 

Course Requirements

Life Skills courses are for students with special education needs, particularly those with an intellectual disability, who are unable to access the outcomes of the regular courses, even with adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment.

On entering students for the Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills course, the principal is certifying that each student is eligible and the decision is the result of the school’s collaborative curriculum planning process.

Students are expected to address or achieve one or more of the Stage 6 Mathematics Life Skills outcomes. They need not address or complete all of the content to demonstrate achievement of an outcome.