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Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science 7-10 provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics.



Interested in living things like plants and animals? Interested in learning about how livings things

work and survive? Interested in doing a practical and theory-based subject? Biology could be for

you! In this subject, we explore the diversity of life from a molecular to a systems level. We also

examine the interactions between living things and their environments, as well as the way biology

can help with health/diseases and sustainability in a changing world. But wait – there’s more! You

will also develop your science skills by designing and conducting biological investigations both

individually and in teams. ​


Chemistry is all about matter, its structure and properties. This is a vital subject if you want to

explain weird substance behaviour…and science jokes. As students of chemistry, we are interested in

finding out how substances are constructed at the atomic level and why this influences their

characteristics and reactions. Identifying and measuring chemical amounts is a key part of chemistry

as this helps us predict the outcomes in a range of reactions. In Chemistry, you will complete

practical investigations to learn about reactions of inorganic and organic compounds. Experiments

will examine substances including metals, non-metals, solutions and carbon compounds and are

designed to allow students to test chemical laws and verify substance properties for themselves.


If you are interested in knowing how and why the world works, Physics is the science for you.

Knowledge of the universe is based on observations and data collected throughout human history

and we are still discovering amazing things about our world. In Physics, students will investigate

motion, forces, light and waves, electromagnetic laws and devices, and theories about space and the

creation of the universe. Sound mathematical skills will be helpful in this course.

Science Extension- Science Extension maybe offered to Year 12 students.

If you enjoy science and are interested in how real scientists carry out their work, this will be a very

rewarding course. You will learn about the philosophy and reasoning behind scientific investigation

and practice. Most importantly, this course aims to develop your scientific research skills. In Science

Extension, students have free choice to pick a topic of interest. Time is allocated to designing and

conducting a scientific investigation which is detailed in a final report.