What is General Maths/Further Maths all about?
This study of Maths provides students with the opportunity to continue developing mathematical skills that will be useful for further study and independent life beyond schooling. Students who successfully complete General Maths Unit 1 and Unit 2 may choose to continue into Further Maths for Unit 3 and Unit 4, be credited for their VCAL Numeracy competencies or cease their Mathematical studies.
This study enables students to:
- develop mathematical concepts, knowledge and skills
- apply mathematics to analyse, investigate and model a variety of contexts and solve practical and theoretical problems in situations that range from well-defined and familiar to open-ended and unfamiliar
- use technology effectively as a tool for working mathematically
The study is made up of four units.
Units 3 & 4
Students must have successfully completed Unit 2 prior to undertaking Units 3 & 4 (Further Maths)
Demonstrated achievement of the three outcomes specified for the unit.
Outcome 1 – solve standard problems with the use of diagrams and technology
Outcome 2 – apply mathematical concepts to real-life applications and analysis of information
Outcome 3 – use technology to efficiently and accurately solve mathematical problems (scientific and CAS calculator, spreadsheets, computer APPs)
Levels of Achievement
Units 1 and 2
Students are required to meet the minimum standards for each Outcome as assessed through school-based SACs. In order to meet Outcome 3, students are expected to have their own CAS calculator.
Students must complete an End of Unit Examination set by the College
Units 3 and 4
Students are required to sit 4 SACs (School-assessed coursework) and two end-of-year examinations set by VCAA.
Students are required to meet the minimum standards for each Outcome as assessed through school-based SACs. In order to satisfy Outcome 3, students are expected to have their own CAS calculator.
A bound resource reference and use of CAS/scientific calculator is allowed in both Exams.
The study score awarded by VCAA is comprised of:
- School Assessed Coursework (SACs) 34%
- Examination One – Multiple Choice 33%
- Examination Two – Short and Extended Response 33%