Foundation Mathematics Units 1 and 2


You are expected to apply techniques, routines and processes involving rational and real arithmetic, lists and tables, diagrams and geometric constructions, equations and graphs with and without the use of technology.

Who is it for?

This subject is suitable if you do not intend to do Mathematics at Year 12. Foundation Mathematics Units 1 and 2 do not continue into Year 12. These two units are appropriate for VCAL students and VCE students to complete VCE Unit requirements.

What do you do?

The structure of this course consists of weekly activities of set tasks, assignments and projects. These tasks are aimed at students achieving outcomes in a number of key knowledge and skills related to the Areas of Study. There are a number of graded tasks over the course of the subject.

What skills do you need?

There is a strong emphasis on the use of Mathematics in practical contexts that are encountered in everyday life, at home, work and study. You will be expected to use a scientific calculator and Excel program to develop spreadsheets. There is also an expectation to use various programs to produce a variety of graphs.

What skills do you develop?

This subject will help you to develop relevant mental and by-hand approaches to estimation and computation. You will further develop their skills in the use of technology with an emphasis on numerical, geometric, symbolic and statistics.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Students will also need a scientific calculator, along with a ruler and protractor.

Students should contact their Maths teacher before making any purchases.

Things to think about

The expected workload is 5 to 6 hours per week.

Graded tasks / projects are a part of the Unit study.

Things you can do now

Access the study design for Foundation Mathematics Units 1 and 2. It has a full list of the Areas of Study and the three Outcomes that will be covered.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.

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How to Study Mathematics

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