Steve Ramage
Mathematics Learning Leader

From its origins in counting and measuring, mathematics has evolved in highly sophisticated and elegant ways to become the language now used to describe many aspects of our world today. In the Mathematics Domain, we look to develop your mathematical and literacy skills for everyday life, work and assist you in becoming active and critical citizens in a technological world. You learn to see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in a range of contexts. As you progress through your mathematical studies you are able to follow a pathway which is more suited to your needs, aspirations and interests.

General Mathematics 3-4

This subject is replacing subject name: Further Mathematics 3-4

  • Study univariate data, bivariate data, financial modelling and more
  • Incorporates a practical approach that equips students with essential skills as future citizens
  • Suits a student that is not interested in Algebra

Subject Code: V2MGM
Year Level: 12

Unit 3 & 4

We complete the core section of the unit. This includes the study of univariate data, bivariate data, recursion and financial modelling and time series.

During the rest of the year you complete two of six optional units offered.

These units are:

Networks (directed and undirected graphs, shortest path, critical path analysis and job allocation).

Matrices (matrix representation of discrete data, matrix arithmetic, solution of simultaneous linear equations for the analysis of problems in practical situations and the calculation of steady state).

The CAS calculator is an essential tool throughout the year, particularly in the core section of the course.

What does this mean for me?

General Mathematics is not the ‘easy option’.

You need to apply yourself and complete all set tasks. You apply your skills with the aid of a CAS calculator. You compile a Rules book which is used in both end of year exams.

  • course work
  • two modelling or problem-solving tasks
  • one application SAC
  • two end of year exams. Exam 1 is multiple choice and Exam 2 is short answer. Calculators and Rules books are allowed in each exam
What sort of student would like General Mathematics?

Someone who:

  • Is interested in Maths and who wishes to undertake further study which may have a Mathematics pre-requisite. Many university courses use the data analysis concepts.
  • Who is not interested in Algebra.

General Mathematics Unit 1 and 2 or Mathematical Methods Unit 1 and 2.


VCAL Numeracy

  • Learn maths that will be useful you in further education and employment
  • Focus on financial numeracy, probability and statistics, measurement, and more
  • Conduct a numeracy investigation in an industry area you’re studying through VET or employment

Subject Code: V4MNU
Year Level: 12

What will I learn?

You develop your numeracy skills in mathematical knowledge and techniques, financial literacy, planning and organising, measurement, data, representation, design, problem-solving, using software tools and devices.

Apply your knowledge and skills through an investigation in an unfamiliar industry area linked to the VET units in your VCAL program or employment.

What will I do?
  • As much as possible the skills you learn will be directly linked to ‘real world’ examples or practical experiences.
  • You will read and design timetables, follow recipes, play sports to record statistics, design houses and plan dream holidays.
  • Conduct an investigation in an unfamiliar industry area linked to you VET units in your VCAL program of employment.

Senior VCAL students can undertake VCE Maths as an alternative to this subject (with Mathematics Learning Leader approval).