Stage 1

Pure Mathematics: Pre-Specialist

Assumed Knowledge



Pre Specialist: Completion of Year 10 Pre Pure Mathematics with a level 6 or better including a level 7 in the Knowing and Understanding criteria​.

Focus Capabilities

Communication, Learning, Personal Development.

Related Subject
Subject Description

At Stage 1 students broaden their mathematical experience and increase their mathematical flexibility and versatility by developing mathematical arguments, proof, and problem solving in a variety of contexts.
Pre Specialist (30 credits) 
Pre Specialist Mathemataics consists of 3 semesters of mathematics (Pure 1, 2 and 3) and students proceed onto two year 12 subjects – Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics AND Mathematical Methods (provided required pre requisite grades achieved).

Note: Entry into Stage 2 Specialist Maths requires a B in all pre specialist courses.  Students not achieving at a B grade in Semester 1 of Pre Specialist Maths will be advised to switch to Pre Methods to better prepare them for the Stage 2 Mathematical Methods course.

Content covered within Pure Mathematics 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Functions and Graphs

  • Polynomials

  • Trigonometry

  • Counting and Statistics

  • Growth and Decay

  • Introduction to Differential Calculus

  • Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series

  • Geometry

  • Vectors in the Plane

  • Further Trigonometry

  • Matrices

  • Real and Complex Numbers.

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Students are required to purchase the following: Graphics Calculator (Approximate cost $240.00) preferably a Casio fx-CG50AU, Casio fx-CG20 AU, or a Casio fx9860G AU PLUS.

Assessment Type 1:

Skills & Application Tasks

Assessment Type 2:

Mathematical Investigations

Assessment Type 3:


Assessment Type 4:


Learning Area Map