Specialist Mathematics


Specialist Mathematics is a 20‑credit subject at Stage 2.

Course details

  • Prerequisites Stage 2 Mathematical Studies must be studied in conjunction with or prior to studying Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics.

Course Details

  • ATAR
  • NTCET 20 points
  • Prerequisites; Stage 1 Specialist Maths 2 Semesters and Stage 1 Maths Methods 2 Semesters

About the Subject

Specialist Mathematics draws on and deepens students’ mathematical knowledge, skills, and understanding, and provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in using rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and using mathematical models. It includes the study of functions and calculus.

The subject leads to study in a range of tertiary courses such as mathematical sciences, engineering, computer science, and physical sciences. Students envisaging careers in related fields will benefit from studying this subject.

Specialist Mathematics is designed to be studied in conjunction with Mathematical Methods.


Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics consists of the following six topics:

  • Topic 1: Mathematical induction
  • Topic 2: Complex numbers
  • Topic 3: Functions and sketching graphs
  • Topic 4: Vectors in three dimensions
  • Topic 5: Integration techniques and applications
  • Topic 6: Rates of change and differential equations.


The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics:

School Based Assessment Weighting
Type 1; Skills and Applications Tasks x 6 50%
Type 2; Folio Investigations x 1 20%
External Assessment
Exam 30%

School assessment (70%)

Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications Tasks (tests) (50%)

Assessment Type 2: Mathematical Investigation (20%)

External assessment (30%)

Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)

Students undertake a 3-hour external examination in 2019 and 2 hours from 2020.

The examination is based on the key questions and key concepts in the six topics. 

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