Why Study Science?
Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence including by making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations. Scientific progress comes from logical, systematic work and from creative insight, built on a foundation of respect for evidence. Different cultures and periods of history have contributed to the development of Science.
Science is able to inform problem solving and decision making in many areas of life. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations.
By studying Science, students will:
1st Science Option: (Core)
All students who wish to study science must select Core Science (11SCI) or Core Science – Enrichment (11SCIE). The top two classes are Core Science – Enrichment, and entry into these is dependant to results in Year 10. Both of these Core Science courses cover the fundamental concepts in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. Thinking, communicating and investigating skills are continued from Junior Science.
The Applied Science (11SCA) pathway is more suitable for those that have struggled in Y10. Students will be directed into (or out of) this course by HOF Science.
Additional Science Option: (Extension)
Students who meet entry criteria (provisionally, a High Merit Overall level of Performance) are encouraged to select one addition extension science option. Please read the course descriptions for each of these carefully, and choose one that is of most interest to you. (11SCPE, 11SCBE, 11SCCE)
It is expected that students wishing to study at a high level and in multiple sciences in Year 12 and 13 take one of these extension options.
Please note: it is not possible to take two extension science options, or to take an extension option without a Core Science. This ensures all Y12 science options remain open, so students receive a broad base of science understanding before specialising.