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Essential mathematics (A)

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11MGA
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 1MPW10
SACE credits: 10

Subject descriptor:

This course is part of the new Stage 1 Australian Curriculum, and is undertaken in Semester 1.

This subject is designed for (1) students who are seeking to meet the SACE numeracy requirement; (2) students who are planning to pursue a career in a range of trades or vocational pathways. There is an emphasis on extending students’ mathematical skills in ways that apply to practical problem solving in everyday and workplace contexts, in flexible and resourceful ways.

The Essential Mathematics 1 course may contain some of the following topics:

  • Calculations, Time and Ratio
  • Earning and Spending
  • Geometry
  • Data in Context
  • Measurement
  • Investing


There are 2 main assessment components - Skills and Assessment Tasks (SATs), and investigations/reports.

Assessment Type Possible Number of Assessment Items in Semester 1 Approximate Weightings of each type of assessment
Skills and Applications Tasks (Tests) 3 60%
Investigation / Report 2 40%

An examination on the semester’s topics is also used to assess the students, and the result of this (minimum of C grade) will be used to provide the compulsory Numeracy requirements for SACE and possibly meet the requirements for pre-requisites for Stage 2 Essential Mathematics.

Special requirements:

Casio Graphics Calculator – FX-9860G AU Plus OR CG20AU.

Further information

  • “A or B” grades (minimum) for Stage 1 Essential Mathematics A and B for both semester and examination grades, and also with teacher recommendation, for Stage 2 Essential Mathematics.
  • It is also essential that students wishing to do Essential Mathematics at Stage 2 purchase their own Graphics Calculator for use in Stage 1 Mathematics.