Earth and Environmental Science
In Earth and Environmental Science, students explore different types of rocks and soils, alongside the processes that interact to form our planet earth. Students also conduct fieldwork, and examine biodiversity as well as local and global environmental issues. This is the course for those who have an interest in rock, soil or environmental science.
Integrated Science continues to build the skills developed through Science in Years 8 to 10. With a fairly flexible curriculum, the teacher has the ability to deliver a range of topics in Earth Science, Biology, and/or Physical Science, with an emphasis on practical skills.
A high grade in Year 10 Science and Year 10 English are recommended for this Science subject. In this subject, students learn how to carry out scientific investigations; they study ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation, from single cells and cell biology to how body systems are adapted to help organisms survive. In Year 12 students move on to studying how organisms regulate body systems to function at their best and fight disease. The role of DNA and techniques used in Biotechnology are covered, finishing with natural selection and speciation.
For this subject students need to have excellent results in Year 10 Science and Mathematics. This Physics course places an emphasis on developing the skills of experimentation, practical work and the role of Mathematics in describing the physical world. Major topics are gravity, motion and forces, nuclear energy, heating and cooling, electricity and electromagnetism, light and sound, and aspects of special relativity and the standard model.
For this subject students need to have excellent results in Year 10 Science and Mathematics. In this subject there’s an emphasis on experimental work and first hand observation of common household and industrial reactions. Students will develop an understanding of the basic laws of Chemistry in and around the home and the environment, including details of atomic structure, bonding, solutions, chemical reactions and organic chemistry. There is also a component of the course dedicated to chemical calculations.
Human Biological Science
High grades in both Year 10 Science and Year 10 English are recommended for this Science subject. It focuses on the human body as a functioning system. Specifically, it looks at the major body systems, as well as cells, metabolism and regulation, reproductive science and biotechnology.
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