Maths Basic Course - for domestic students only Someone writing

Maths Basic is designed for students with minimal mathematics ability, or limited recent practice, but some secondary level mathematics - at least Year 10 Mathematics or equivalent - is desirable.

The Maths Basic course teaches the elementary skills necessary to manipulate algebraic expressions and equations, and also places a strong emphasis on conceptual understanding. It aims to teach students the connection between everyday life problems and the abstract world of mathematics. Using applied examples from a wide variety of topics ranging from finance to physics and life sciences, students will gain the ability to transform problems from a verbal description into the language of mathematics and solve them confidently by applying the rules of algebra.

A successful completion in Maths Basics will meet pre-requisites for Maths Bridging.

What will I learn?

Maths Basics will cover the following topics:

  • Sets of Numbers, Operations on Real Numbers & Algebraic Expressions
  • Mathematical Modelling: from Verbal Descriptions to Algebraic Equations
  • Equations and Inequalities in One Variable
  • Introduction to Graphing and Equations of Lines
  • Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Exponents & Polynomials
  • Factoring of Polynomials
  • Rational Expressions & Equations
  • Roots & Radical Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Graphs of Quadratic Equations in Two Variables & Introduction to Functions

Note: these are non-award courses, and are not registered for CRICOS and are only available to students who do not require a student visa.

2017 Course Dates & Fees

The course will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6-8 pm).

Tuition Fee Semester 1 intake*
$1650 Application deadline 20 February
First Teaching period 20 February - 30 March
Teaching Break 31 March - 16 April
Second Teaching period 17 April - 16 June

Tuition Fee Semester 2 intake*
$1650 Application deadline 24 July
First Teaching period 24 July - 1 September
Teaching Break 2 September - 17 September
Second Teaching period 18 September - 17 November

*Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolments.

**Only available to students who are Australian citizens and permanent residents.

For more information on the content and applicability of the courses, please email ANU College


How to apply

Please download and complete the 2017 Math Basic course application form, and Email it back to us.