What is the difference between year 10 maths and year 10 A maths?
In Year 10, most high schools offer the option of completing either Year 10 Maths or Year 10A Maths. The Year 10A curriculum, in some sense, adds to the content covered in the Year 10 curriculum. The majority of Year 10 students prefer to complete the Year 10 curriculum as it logically follows on from Year 9. However, Year 10A provides some additional content that can enrich and extend a student’s mathematical study from the Year 10 curriculum. The content for Year 10A mainly revolves around three broad areas in Maths:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
How are the two types of maths different?
Year 10A can be pretty challenging due to how quickly topics are covered. In addition, you will be assumed to remember your Year 9 knowledge. You will be tackling some new concepts that you may have not been familiar with before. Hence for those who like to go through topics in detail and logically continue developing their Maths skills in Year 10, it may be a better choice for you to complete the Year 10 curriculum. In addition, Year 10A may require you to take initiative and practice a few basic skills on your own, even though they may not necessarily be taught in class.
For example, in the Year 10A curriculum, the basic rules of algebra are not reviewed in any great detail, and you may need to rely on your knowledge from the previous year. However, for those willing to take on this challenge, the Year 10A curriculum can have several benefits.
Which one should I choose?
While not all students will attempt the Year 10 A course, it is advantageous for those intending to pursue Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics in Year 11 and Year 12. Year 10A has been specifically aligned to the normal Year 10 curriculum and provides extended studies that correlate with your Year 11 studies. Hence, for many students who want to complete Methods and Specialist Maths in Year 11, it will be a great introduction. Students will be able to understand many of the basic concepts that you will be taught in Year 11, and many students take Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics after completing Year 10A Maths finds the transition relatively easy. Click here to learn more about our math tutors.
Whether you would like to complete Year 10 maths or Year 10A maths curriculum depends on where you currently stand in your Mathematical studies. If Year 9 Maths was manageable and you would like to have a challenge, then the Year 10A curriculum may suit you. Especially if you would like to experience some of the difficulties you may encounter in Year 11 Maths or if you wish to take on maths methods or specialist maths in the future. However, for those who like to learn at their own pace or are considering general/further maths in the future, then the Year 10 curriculum may be better suited.
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