Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Electrotechnology, and Physics)

Mr R Richards —

The following subjects are available for students to study in 2020

Biological Sciences:   11Scb   Full Year

Course Description: This course is designed for students who have a real interest in the Sciences. Topics covered are Biology and Chemistry. This course can be taken on its own or with 11Ele or 11 Sca. Students who study this course are stronly advised to study 11Sca.

Recommended Entry Criteria: Students need to be achieving at Level 5 across all topics in the Year 10 Science exam (restricted to top 58 students who apply).

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 Achievement Standard credits

Level 1 Literacy and or Numeracy: Yes

Approximate Contributions: $25 for Education Perfect

Next step: 12Che, or 12Bio

Contact Person: Mr Richards, Mr Bell, Mr Patrick, Ms Readman.


Physical Science:   11Sca   Full Year

Course Description: This course is designed for students who have a real interest in the Sciences. Topics covered are Chemistry and Physics. This course can be taken on its own or with one of Biological Science or Electrotechnology. Students who study this course are strongly advised to study 11Scb.

Recommended Entry Criteria:Students need to be achieving at Level 5 across all topics in the Year 10 Science exam (restricted to top 58 students who apply).

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 Achievement Standard credits

Level 1 Literacy and or Numeracy: Yes

Approximate Contributions: $45 for Education Perfect and workbooks.

Next step: 12Che, 12Phy, or 12Ele

Contact Person: Mr Richards, Mr Croft, Ms Readman.


Science:   11Sci   Full Year

Course Description: This course is designed for students who may wish to pursue a career in Science while still keeping other options open. The course covers Biology, Physics and Chemistry and is the pathway to studying those subjects at Year 12 level. This course can also be taken with 11Ele. Standards in this course are also taught in 11Sca and 11Scb so it would be unwise to study 11Sci and either 11Sca or 11Scb.

Recommended Entry Criteria:Operating at Level 4 and 5 in the Year 10 Science exam. 

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 Achievement Standards

Level 1 Literacy and or Numeracy: Yes -  4 Numeracy

Approximate Contributions: $25 for Education Perfect

Next step: 12Bio, 12Che, 12Phy, 12Ele or 12Scg

Contact Person: Mr Richards


Science General:   11Scg   Full Year

Course Description: This course will be offered to students for whom a full Achievement Standard course with external examinations is not appropriate. The course covers various topics from all areas of Science. This course is not appropriate for students who aspire to a career in Science such as Health, Aircraft Pilot, Engineering, Nursing, or any other career that requires tertiary Science qualifications.

Recommended Entry Criteria:Mostly operating at Level 3 and some Level 4 in the Year 10 Science exam.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 Achievement Standards with a practical bias.

Level 1 Literacy and or Numeracy: Yes 

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next step: 12Scg

Contact Person: Mr Richards


Electrotechnology:   11Ele   Full Year

Course Description: The areas of focus in this project based course are knowledge of basic electronic components, construction of circuits, programming and interfacing the Picaxe microcontroller.

This course can be taken as the compulsory Science course or in conjunction with 11Science (Sci) or Physical Science (Sca) or Biological Science (Scb).

Recommended Entry Criteria: Working at Level 4 or above of the Science and Mathematics curricula. Entry may be denied if an applicant’s behaviour was unsatisfactory in Year 10 Electrotechnology.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Unit Standards credits.

Level 1 Literacy and or Numeracy: No

Approximate Contributions: $50 to cover project costs

Next step: 12Ele.

Contact Person: Mr Calder


Science General:   12Scg   Full Year

Course Description: This course is designed for students who do not qualify for 12Bio, 12Phy or 12Che but wish to continue in Science. It is a continuation of 11Scg. This course is not appropriate for a student who wishes to pursue a tertiary career in Science.

Recommended Entry Criteria:previous study of 11Sci, 11Ele or 11Scg

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 and/or Level 2 Achievement Standards

UE Literacy and or Numeracy: No

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next Step: Work force or other Year 12 or 13 subjects, (but not 13Bio, 13Phy, or 13Che unless by arrangement with the Head of Science).

Contact Person: Mr Richards


Biology:   12Bio   Full Year

Course Description: This course introduces students to the following areas of Biology: Animal adaptations, Cell processes.

It also involves investigating Patterns in Ecological Communities using a field trip and an extended practical investigation.

Recommended Entry Critera:minimum of 13 credits from 11Sci or 11Scb including M or E pass in one of the following units: Bio 90948, 90928, Sci 90944. Also a minimum of 10 credits from 11Enb or a C pass in 11Ena.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement Standards credits

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $100 for Field trips, Biozone workbook and Education Perfect

Next step: 13Bio

Contact Person: Mr Patrick


Chemistry:   12Che   Full Year

Course Description: This course gives students the knowledge and skills to make effective use of the materials we use. The syllabus offers an understanding of the many processes encountered in everyday life and the composition of the world around us. The strong emphasis on practical work will teach students the necessary laboratory skills. Year 12 Che needs to be studied before Year 13 Che can be considered.

Recommended Entry Criteria:Minimum of 15 credits from 11Sci, 11Sca/Scb (including an M or E pass in either Achievement Standards 90944 or 90947, and 10 credits from 11Mat or a C pass in 11Mac. The Chemistry grades attained in Year 11 should be at Merit or Excellence. Students will need to have studied 12Che before 13Che can be considered.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement Standards credits

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $30 for resources

Next step: 13Che

Contact Person: Ms Readman


Electrotechnology:   12Ele   Full Year

Course Description: This course combines Electronics theory with the development of practical skills in electronic circuit design, construction and problem solving. The project based nature of this course allows students to extend areas of personal interest by fitting personal electronics based projects into the programme.

Recommended Entry Criteria:Minimum of 14 Achievement Standards credits in 11Mat/Max or C pass in 11Mac, or a minimum of 14 credits in 11Ele, if studied.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement and Unit Standards credits and National Certificate of Electrotechnology (Level 2)

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $50 to cover project costs and workbook

Next step: 13Ele

Contact Person: Mr Calder


Physics:   12Phy   Full Year

Course Description: An important foundation for a significant number of future study options. Physics aims to model the world at a fundamental level and so provides a platform supporting Engineering, Chemistry and Medicine. Physics ideas will be explored in the contexts of Motion, Electricity, Waves and Light using practical examples. A reasonable level of algebra is required and students will need to develop their trigonometry skills as the year develops.

Recommended Entry Criteria:

  • minimum of 15 credits from 11Sci or 11Sca including one of Achievement Standard 90940,  or 90935  
  • also minimum of 13 credits from 11Max/Mat (probably Achievement Standard 91028)  or C pass in 11Mac.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement Standards credits

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $25 for Education Perfect

Next step: 13Phy 

Contact Person: Mr Calder 


Biology:   13Bio   Full Year

Course Description: This course is a more advanced course in Biology covering; Animal behaviour and Plant responses, Applications of Biotechnological Techniques, Evolutionary Processes, and also trends in Human evolution.

The course also involves an extended field trip to investigate an aspect of the ecological niche of an organism.

Recommended Entry Criteria:minimum of15 credits from 12Bio if studied including at least one of Achievement Standards 91156 and 91159. Also a minimum of 10 credits from12Ena or 12Enb.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Achievement Standards.

UE Literacy: Yes 15 credits in reading and 9 credits in writing

Approximate Contributions: $190 for Field trips and Biozone workbook

Contact Person: Mr Patrick


Chemistry:   13Che   Full Year

Course Description: This course is an extension of 12Che and introduces some aspects of Biochemistry. Students who have enjoyed practical work in Year 12 will look forward to the experiments done in Year 13.

Recommended Entry Criteria:minimum of 13 credits from 12Che

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Achievement Standards credits

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $34 for workbook. Students undertaking a scholarship option will need to purchase an additional text (about $25).

Contact Person: Ms Readman


Electrotechnology:   13Ele   Full Year

Course Description: This course is aimed at providing pre-employment and pre-tertiary training in this exciting and fast expanding industry. There is an emphasis on micro-processor and robotic technologies, with the opportunity to design and build a self-selected project.

Recommended Entry Criteria: Minimum of 16 credits from Level 2 Electrotechnology or other evidence of outstanding work.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Unit Standards credits

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $50 to cover project costs

Contact Person: Mr Calder


Physics:   13Phy   Full Year

Course Description: An important foundation for a significant number of future study options. This course continues to develop the ideas and skills from 12Phy; with the introduction of rotational motion in mechanics, AC electricity with capacitors and inductors in electricity, and a significant advance in the ideas of modern Physics including the wonderful world of quantum. Students develop the skills to explain more complex and realistic physical phenomena and to more critically analyse their practical work.

Recommended Entry Criteria:

  • minimum of 15 credits in 12Phy

  • Good algebra and trigonometry skills

  • It is highly recommended that Calculus is studied

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Achievement Standards credits

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $30 for 2 workbooks. Students undertaking a scholarship option will need to purchase an additional text (about $25).

Contact Person: Mr Calder