HSC Maths Course Selection

How to make the right choice at High School to prevent issues later

While we encourage everyone to study the level of maths at which they feel sufficiently challenged, below are some guidelines for the minimum level of maths required for some of our degrees. Please also see Assumed Knowledge for more information.

Type of Degree Assumed Knowledge
Science with Mathematics Major Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1, 
but study as much maths as you can!
Science or Engineering Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1
Commerce with Actuaries, Finance or Accounting Major Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1
Health Sciences Mathematics

Studying at least HSC Mathematics Extension 1 will leave your options open when you choose your university degree. Knowledge of mathematics is a useful skill in any profession, even if it is not required for a particular course. No doubt, you will have to use mathematical tools such as graphs and statistics for the rest of your life.

Learning mathematics also teaches you to approach problems in a systematic and logical way. This is a transferable skill that is particularly important in project management and it is an important skill for life.

HSC Plus

UNSW has introduced a program of rewarding, by means of adjustment factors (previously known as bonus points), performance in Australian Year 12 courses relevant to UNSW undergraduate programs.

This is in recognition of the strong correlation between Year 12 course performance and preparation for, and success in, first year university studies. Students who have undertaken, and done well in, relevant Year 12 courses are generally well prepared for the demands of university study. By employing strategies that enhance the academic achievement of UNSW students, we also improve their employability and increase the range of career options for our graduates. For more information, please see UNSW's HSC Plus page.

Pathways into UNSW Mathematics & Statistics

Below are some examples of mathematics subjects undertaken at high school, and the pathways into first year UNSW courses that assume a certain competency in mathematics.

Following is a list of first year courses that assume a certain competency in mathematics.

Assumed Knowledge - HSC Mathematics: Aviation; Advanced Science; Biotechnology; Business Information Technology; Commerce & Commerce/Law; Computer Science & Computer Science/Law; Economics & Economics/Law; Environmental Science; Food Science and Technology; Geography; Industrial Design; Information Systems; Medical Science; Medicine; Optometry; Prosthetics and Orthotics; Psychology; Science & Science/Law.


Assumed Knowledge - Mathematics Extension 1: Engineering & Engineering/Law; Nanotechnology. 

Recommended Knowledge - Mathematics Extension 1: Aviation; Advanced Science; Computer Science & Computer Science/Law; Science & Science/Law.

If you don't have the assumed knowledge, don't panic. The School of Mathematics and Statistics runs a bridging course to build HSC Mathematics knowledge to a level close to HSC Mathematics Extension 1 knowledge.Bear in mind that catching up on knowledge involves hard work and it is always best, if you can, to gain the right amount of knowledge at school.

Essential Mathematics for Higher Education

The Program will be delivered in partnership with TAFE NSW, Randwick College. The program will cover the contents from the HSC two unit mathematics course and will especially be suitable for students who wish to improve their knowledge in mathematics. The course will also be beneficial to students who are having difficulty in their first year of their chosen University Program and the 1st year mathematics courses. The program will be tailored to meet students' needs with a flexible timetable.

Duration: 6 weeks, 4 hours/week

Location: Randwick TAFE

Cost: $360

Enrol Online

Through http://www.tafensw.edu.au/ and search for course no: 29330

or email Customer Service si.randwickenquiries@tafensw.edu.au

or you can also contact the Project Coordinator paul.reilly2@tafensw.edu.au or phone 9469-8581.

Please see Assumed Knowledge for First Year Mathematics Courses for further details. There is also information on the assumed knowledge for all UNSW programs.

For more information, please contact:

Mathematics & Statistics Student Services Office, Room 3072, 3rd Floor Red Centre East Wing

E-mail: fy.mathsstats@unsw.edu.au

Phone: 02 9385 7011.