Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2


Specialist Mathematics Units 1 and 2 provides a course for students who wish to undertake an in-depth study of Mathematics, with an emphasis on concepts, skills and processes related to mathematical structure, modelling, problem solving and reasoning.

This study has a focus on interest in the discipline of Mathematics in its own right and investigation of a broad range of applications, as well as development of a sound background for further studies in Mathematics and Mathematics-related fields.

Who is it for?

This subject is for students who have a love for the challenge of developing their Mathematics skills and knowledge to a high level. Students would use this as a pathway to completing any Mathematics Units 3 and 4 and looking to complete Mathematics at university.

What do you do?

Unit 1 will cover the following topics:

  • number systems and recursion
  • geometry in the plane and proof
  • algebra and structure
  • statistics.

Unit 2 will cover the following topics:

  • variation
  • graphs of linear and non-linear relations
  • simulation, sampling and sampling distributions
  • kinematics.

What skills do you need?

Students will have successfully completed Year 10 Mathematics.

What skills do you develop?

Students will develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to later complete successfully Specialist Maths at Unit 3 and 4 level.




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 Specialist Mathematics Units 1 & 2 Print/Interactive Text – Cambridge University Press, 2016. Please note: If purchasing this textbook second-hand, students MUST purchase the Interactive Reactivation code – Digital Senior Specialist Mathematics VCE 1 & 2 Reactivation (Access Code)


Digital Senior Specialist Mathematics VCE 1 & 2 Interactive Text (Access Code) – Digital access only.

CAS calculator

Please note: Students need access to a VCAA-approved CAS calculator. The textbooks contain instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators. Also, The DECV notes for this course provide instructions for both TI-Nspire CAS and Casio ClassPad calculators. If buying a new calculator, students are highly recommended to get one of these.

However, any of the listed VCAA-approved CAS calculators can be used.

Students should contact their Mathematics teacher before purchasing a calculator.

Things to think about

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Things you can do now

To be prepared for Specialist Maths Units 1 and 2, students are encouraged to revise over Year 10 Mathematics topics.

Students can purchase the textbook and begin reading over the topics.

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





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