Faculties - Mathematics Courses

Mathematics Courses


Mathematics in K–10 provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their further education and everyday lives. 


Students exhibit a wide range of mathematical skills, levels of competence, and aspirations. Some students may be aiming to develop the mathematical skills necessary to function in daily life and various work contexts. Other students may seek to address more challenging mathematics to prepare them for the highest-level courses in Year 11 and Year 12. For this reason, Stage 5 of the K–10 Mathematics curriculum has been expressed in terms of the three substages:

  • Stage 5.1
  • Stage 5.2 
  • Stage 5.3.

These substages are not designed as prescribed courses, and many different ‘endpoints’ are possible. As well as studying the Stage 5.1 content, the majority of students will study some or all of the Stage 5.2 content. Similarly, as well as studying the Stage 5.2 content, many students will study some or all of the Stage 5.3 content. The Mathematics Life Skills outcomes and content are designed to provide a relevant and meaningful program of study for a small percentage of students with special education needs, for whom the Stage 4 and/or Stage 5 outcomes and content of the Mathematics K–10 Syllabus are not appropriate.