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Years 11-12

You will find information for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Social science under their respective headings. 

Rationale for Biology in the Stage 6 curriculum

Rationale for Chemistry in the Stage 6 curriculum 

Chemistry in Science Stage 6 provides students with a contemporary and coherent understanding of matter and its interactions. It focuses on investigating the physical and chemical properties of substances, chemical reactions and processes, and the interaction of energy and matter, and attempts to explain and predict events at the atomic and molecular level. 

The study of Chemistry recognises that a study of the nature of materials includes natural and made substances, their structures, changes, and environmental importance. The history and philosophy of science as it relates to the development of the understanding, utilisation, and manipulation of chemical systems is important in developing current understanding in Chemistry and its applications in the contexts of technology, society, and the environment. 

Chemistry in Stage 6 draws upon and builds onto the knowledge and understanding, skills, and values and attitudes developed in Stages 4–5 Science. It further develops students' understanding of science as a continually developing body of knowledge, the role of experiment in deciding between competing theories, the provisional nature of scientific explanations, the interdisciplinary nature of science, the complex relationship between evidence and ideas and the impact of science on society. 

The study of Chemistry involves the students working individually and with others in practical, field and interactive media experiences related to the theoretical concepts considered in the course. It is expected that students studying Chemistry will apply investigative and problem-solving skills, effectively communicate the theoretical concepts considered in the course and appreciate the contribution that a study of Chemistry makes to our understanding of the world. 

The Chemistry Stage 6 course is designed for those students who have a substantial achievement level based on the stages 4–5 Science course performance descriptors. The subject matter of the Chemistry course recognises the different needs and interests of students by providing a structure that builds upon the foundations laid in Stage 5 yet recognises that students entering Stage 6 have a wide range of abilities, circumstances, and expectations

Scope and Sequence


The course syllabus can be downloaded using the links below



Continuum of learning

Rationale for Physics in the Stage 6 curriculum

Rationale for Senior science in the Stage 6 curriculum

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