Go8 Policy Note 6 - National trends in Year 12 course completions
Demand for university study has shifted markedly towards fields which require a solid grounding in quantitative skills (Science, Engineering, Health). However patterns of Year 12 participation by field are not consistent with tertiary demand. Many new students entering university may be under-prepared for study in quantitative fields. The most basic level of maths is now the most commonly completed maths course at Year 12 while the study of intermediate maths has declined. There has been very little improvement in female participation in advanced maths, physics and chemistry.