Mathematical Methods


In this subject students participate in a wide variety of problem-solving activities, express and interpret mathematical ideas, and use appropriate instruments, technology, and networks to access information, process ideas, and communicate results.

Course details

  • Note From 2017 this subject will be replaced by the subject titled Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or General Mathematics.

About the subject

Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is a 20-credit subject that consists of the following four topics:

  • Topic 1: Working with Statistics
  • Topic 2: Algebraic Models from Data — Working from Observation
  • Topic 3: Calculus — Describing Change
  • Topic 4: Linear Models — Managing Resources.

Each topic consists of a number of subtopics, which are presented as key questions and ideas.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Skills and Applications Tasks45%
External Assessment 

Students who complete this subject with a C grade or better will meet the numeracy requirement of the NTCET.

Information on the External Assessment

Students undertake a 3-hour external examination based on the subtopics and key questions and key ideas outlined in the four topics. The examination will consist of a range of questions focusing on knowledge and routine skills and applications; and analysis and interpretation.

Students will have access to the appropriate technology during the examination.

The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Mathematical Methods Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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