12 Specialist Mathematics

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/specialist-mathematics

Pre-Requisite:  An achievement level of 'B' or better in Stage 1 Mathematics Studies 1, 2, 3 and 4 is highly recommended


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, calculus, complex numbers and three dimensional vectors.

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.

Topics may include

  • mathematical induction
  • complex numbers
  • vectors in three dimensions
  • integration techniques and applications
  • rates of change and differential equations


Assessment tasks include:

  • skills and applications tasks (school-based tests)
  • folio (school-based investigations/ projects)
  • examination (a 3-hour external assessment task)

A variety of tasks allow students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through

  • innovation and creativity
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • effective oral and written communication
  • knowledge and understanding

Additional Information

Costs: $30 text book - – subject to change in 2020

An approved graphics calculator is required. A graphics calculator or Casio Fx-CG20AU