When developing syllabuses for Years 11 and 12, the NSW Education
Standards Authority (NESA) considers what students do when they leave
For mathematics, NESA has three different courses of study for Year 11
students, and five different courses for Year 12 students. The range of
courses means that students can assess the content of the courses and
select the one (or more) that provide the best mathematics background
for their future needs and aspirations.
The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), which is responsible for the
scaling processes used for the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
(ATAR), advises that students shouldn't choose courses based on what
they believe are the likely effects of scaling.
Choices should be based on "interests, demonstrated abilities and the
value of courses for future career plans".
The Preliminary Mathematics General
HSC Mathematics General 2 and General 1
students with the opportunity to develop appropriate understanding and
competence in aspects of mathematics for a range of vocational
pathways, in careers or in further training.
Study of the HSC Mathematics General 2 course can provide students
with a strong foundation for university courses in the humanities,
nursing and paramedical sciences.
NESA recommends the Mathematics
('2 Unit') course as the most
appropriate basis for further studies in mathematics in tertiary
courses such as in the life sciences, business, finance, technology and
education. For students who require substantial mathematics at a
tertiary level, NESA recommends that they undertake one or both of the
Stage 6 Mathematics Extension courses.
The Mathematics Extension 1
students with the opportunity to develop thorough understanding and
competence in aspects of mathematics for further studies in mathematics
itself, and in such areas as physics, chemistry, engineering,
statistics, and computer science.
Students of outstanding mathematical ability should also consider
undertaking the Mathematics Extension 2
course. This course
provides a strong basis for a wide range of useful applications of
mathematics, as well as a strong foundation for the further specialised
study of the subject.