Learn about the biological, chemical, physical and psychological world.
Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world.
The study of Science aims to lay a solid foundation for the further study of Science in the disciplines of Biological, Physical, Chemical and the Earth and Space sciences. Developing curiosity about the sciences provides an empirical way of answering questions and develops understanding.
Key Study Areas
In year 7, the foundation of science is explored in the following areas of study: Introduction to science skills and report writing, chemical science – mixtures, earth and space, biological science – classification, physical science – motion.
Science in year 8 builds upon the foundations laid down in year 7 through these subjects: biological science – nature of cells, earth science – sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, chemical science – states of matter, chemical science – the periodic table, physical science – energy.
In year 9, students begin to explore other aspects of the scientific world in the following subjects: body systems, energy and electricity, chemical reactions, ecosystems, earth and space science.
In year 10, students can specify their knowledge in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology.
Year 11 Science sees students expanding their knowledge of the core subjects studied in year 10: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Laboratory Skills.
In year 12, Science students are able to complete their secondary schooling studies of the scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology.
Why is life so diverse on earth? How did life evolve to be adapted to an environment? Why do sharks and dolphins look so alike if one is a fish and one is a mammal? How do genes affect the way an organism interacts with its environment? How have humans affected biodiversity via climate change and habitat destruction? Biology is the science of life, it all its beautiful, unusual and wonderful forms. Come join us with curiosity to understand how all living things are connected.
Students develop the language, ideas, skills and processes involved in chemistry, and begin to understand the link between atomic theory and the periodic table. Students will develop their understanding of chemical behaviour with respect to types of bonding and learn to calculate quantities of reactants and products of chemical reactions. Students conduct practical investigations and design their own investigation for their research project.
While you do not have to understand all aspects of physics to use many appliances, some knowledge can help you enjoy and appreciate these and the many other examples of the physical world. Physicists are accomplishing many exciting and extraordinary things this century and they have been able to make both experimental and theoretical advances at a seemingly increasing rate. As you go through this course you will relate as much as possible of the theory of physics to your everyday experience. If you have an interest in an occupation dealing in engineering, medical imaging, radiation therapist, surveyor, pilot, biophysicist and many other fields, physics is a prerequisite to these fields of study.
Why do Humans behave the way they do? What influences behaviour? Where do dreams come from? These are some of the BIG questions psychologists try to answer with research. In this course students will have the opportunity to conduct an Empirical Research Activity (ERA) and analyse the information. To successfully complete the subject, students must complete several assessed components including an ERA report, tests and an exam.
Laboratory Skills provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills associated with the day-to-day operation of a laboratory and associated technical tasks such as sampling and testing. Units 1&2 of the program include recording and presenting data, planning and conducting laboratory/field work, maintaining the laboratory fit for purpose, with electives such as performing basic tests and assisting with fieldwork included. Units 3&4 offer scored assessment and incorporate units such as performing aseptic techniques, contributing to the achievement of quality objectives, preparing working solutions and performing microscopic examinations.
Reasons to Choose
Plan and conduct investigations to test out scientific ideas and explanations.
Learn that the scientific understanding of the world is constantly changing due to continuing research and new technology.
Understand the role of Science plays in our society.
Develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating their findings.
Enter into STEM-related careers which has valuable contributions to our world.