General Mathematics Unit 1 and 2


Mathematics is the study of order, relation and pattern. In General Mathematics, students are provided a general level of understanding in Units 1 and 2 Mathematics. The subject is designed for students who have a wide range of educational and employment aspirations, including studies at university or TAFE.

Who is it for?

General Mathematics is for students who wish to go on to Further Mathematics at Year 12. This subject provides a good general introduction to the following areas of Mathematics:

  • algebra
  • functions and graphs
  • statistics
  • arithmetic
  • decision and business maths
  • data analysis and simulation
  • geometry and trigonometry
  • matrices.

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 also a number of graded tasks over the course of the subject that are required to be completed.

What skills do you need?

Students will have successfully completed Year 10 Mathematics. Students will need to have a working knowledge of using a graphics calculator and Excel.

What skills do you develop?

The skills that students will develop in this subject are:

  • understanding of concepts and techniques drawn from the topic areas of number and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, graphs and networks, and statistics
  • ability to solve problems using concepts and techniques drawn from the topic areas
  • reasoning and interpretive skills in mathematical and statistical contexts
  • capacity to communicate the results of a mathematical or statistical problem-solving activity in a concise and systematic manner using appropriate mathematical and statistical language
  • capacity to choose and use technology appropriately and efficiently.




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

Required Resources:

  • Cambridge Senior VCE General Mathematics Units 1 & 2 (2016 edition) [Peter Jones et al.]
  • Calculator Texas TI-Nspire CX CAS Touchpad Colour

For this study, students need access to a VCAA-approved CAS calculator. DECV course notes are written using the TI-Nspire CAS calculator and students are highly recommended to purchase one, if they are going to buy a new calculator. However, any of the listed VCAA-approved CAS calculators can be used.

Further information on VCAA approved calculators is available on their website.

The text books required by DECV for the Mathematics courses contain instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators.

In addition to the instructions for TI-Nspire CAS, this course provides additional instructions for Casio ClassPad calculator.

Students are encouraged to contact their Mathematics teacher, if they require any advice before purchasing a calculator.

Things to think about

Students who would like to enrol in General Maths should bear in mind they need a Year 10 satisfactory Maths result.

The expected workload is 5 to 6 hours per week and the graded tasks / projects are a part of the Unit study.

Things you can do now

To prepare for General Maths Units 1 and 2 students are encouraged to revise Year 10 Mathematics topics. Students are also advised to revise the topic of matrices if they have not previously covered the topic.

Students can purchase the text stated in the DECV booklist and begin reading over the topics covered in General Maths Units 1 and 2.

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





Things to have a look at

General Maths Song

Try this for a bit of fun.

Year 11 Maths

Access this website, and then click on “Matrices” for revision activities. This also covers all other topics in General Maths that might interest you.