SCIENCE

Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural world, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas by gathering evidence. This includes making observations, carrying out investigations, modelling, communicating and debating with others in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding and explanations.

Science is about understanding the world around us. Students learn to carry out investigations, research ideas and use their knowledge to solve problems.

Biology is about living things and how they interact with each other and the environment.

Chemistry involves the study of matter and the changes it undergoes and understanding the composition and properties of atoms and molecules.

Physics provides explanations for a wide range of ideas, including light, sound, heat, electricity, waves, forces and motion, united by the concept of energy that cannot be created or destroyed.

Horticulture is the science of growing fruits, vegetables and flowers. It is a branch of biology.

Level 1

Horticulture: Growing Plants

This course will cover a range of horticulture based topics including plant propagation techniques and life processes.

Students will learn how to grow and maintain a variety of vegetables or plants using different techniques such as seeds or cuttings.

  • Leads to: Level 2 Horticulture
  • Cost and Materials: $20 for write-on resources
  • Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science

Science: Science All Around You

The Level 1 Science All Around You course covers internally assessed standards to develop students’ interests and skills in a range of science concepts.

The main areas of study may include:

  • Investigating different chemical reactions or the factors that affect these chemical reactions.
  • Investigating an aspect of the human body and how exercise impacts on its function.
  • Understanding the different propagation techniques used to grow plants.
  • Relating key structural features and functions to the life processes of micro‐organisms and investigate environmental factors that affect these processes.
  • Research the astronomical cycles that affect planet earth.
  • Investigating the effects on heat and how energy changes can be used in everyday society.


  • Leads to: Level 2 General Science, Horticulture and Biology (at the discretion of the HOD Science)
  • Cost and Materials: $30 for workbooks
  • Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science

Science: Science for the Future

The Level 1 Science for the future course covers externally and internally assessed standards to develop student’s skills and knowledge about scientific investigations and theory in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

The main areas of study may include:

  • Exploring patterns in the inheritance of genetically controlled characteristics.
  • Explaining the importance of variation within a changing environment. 
  • Identifying patterns and trends in the properties of a range of groups of substances, for example, acids and bases, metals, metal compounds. 
  • Exploring factors that affect chemical processes. 
  • Investigating trends and relationships in physics.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of physical phenomena such as speed changes and energy; and solving questions and problems that relate to straightforward situations. 


  • Leads to: Level 2 Biology, Chemistry, Physics and General Science
  • Cost and Materials: $30 for workbooks
  • Entry Requirements: No entry requirements - This course is intended for students with an interest in Science and who may wish to pursue Science at the higher levels or with tertiary study
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science

Level 2

Biology: Life Processes and Genetic Changes

Level 2 Biology is the study of living things and how they interact with each other and the environment. Biology develops an understanding of how life is incredibly varied, yet based on common processes.

This course includes a mixture of internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that will explore an understanding of:

  • the diverse ways in which animals and plants carry out the processes of life.
  • the structure of cells and cellular processes.
  • ecological distribution patterns and explain possible causes for these patterns.
  • the genetic code in DNA and the environment interaction in gene expression.
  • the interaction between ecological factors and natural selection and how this leads to genetic changes within populations.
  • practical investigations that include developing an understanding of the relationship between the investigation and scientific theory.


  • Leads to: Level 3 Biology
  • Cost and Materials: $30 SciPAD workbook
  • Entry Requirements: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard or at the discretion ofthe HOD
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science

Chemistry: Structure of the Universe

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Chemistry develops the understanding of the composition and properties of matter, the changes it undergoes, and the energy involved to make sense of the world around them.  

This course includes a mixture of internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that will explore the understanding of:

  • Bonding, structure, properties and energy changes
  • Properties of selected organic compounds
  • Chemical reactivity
  • Equilibrium principals
  • The nature and properties of acids and bases
  • Oxidation and reduction reactions
  • Practical investigations into substances present in a consumer product using quantitative analysis


  • Leads to: Level 3 Chemistry
  • Cost and Materials: $30 SciPAD workbook
  • Entry Requirements: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard or at the discretion ofthe HOD
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science

Horticulture: Propagation Techniques for Plant Growth

This course will cover a range of horticulture based topics including the structure and function of plants, plant propagation and practical activities around plant propagation techniques.

  • Leads to: Vocational courses at EIT or opportunities in the horticultural industries
  • Cost and Materials: $10 for consumables
  • Entry Requirements: Participation in one Level 1 Science course
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science

Physics: The Forces of the Universe

This Level 2 Physics course looks at the interactions between matter and energy and develops an understanding of the laws that govern force and motion, matter and energy, and space and time.

  • mechanics
  • waves
  • atomic and nuclear physics
  • electricity and electromagnetism

Future pathways

  • essential for students wishing to pursue a career in engineering
  • required by some architecture courses
  • highly recommended for entry into health sciences for a career in medicine/dentistry and physiotherapy


  • Leads to: Level 3 Physics
  • Cost and Materials: $30 SciPAD workbook
  • Entry Requirements: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard and Mathematics external or at the discretion of the HOD
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science


Science: Citizen Science

Students will develop the ability to evaluate scientific issues that affect them now and in the future, and to respond to them.

They will build their knowledge of science content and science processes, and practice the types of thinking, questioning, and actions needed to become informed citizens.

The focus will be around developing the science capabilities across the four learning areas within Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science). The science capabilities are: gather and interpret data; use evidence; critique evidence; interpret representations and engage with science.

  • Leads to: -
  • Cost and Materials: $20 for resource materials
  • Entry Requirements: Achievement in one Level 1 Science course or at the discretion of the HOD
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science


Level 3

Biology: Evolving Life

Level 3 Biology explores the nature of living things to develop an understanding of where and how life is evolving, how evolution links life processes and ecology, and the impact that humans have on all forms of life. This course examines the key biological ideas that explain the place of living things including humans in the past, present and future.

This course includes a mixture of internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that will explore an understanding of:

  • the relationship between organisms and their environment.
  • the evolutionary processes that have resulted in the diversity of life on earth and appreciate the place and impact of humans within these processes.
  • the biological implications of human manipulations of genetic transfer.
  • the theories of human evolution.
  • the integration of biological knowledge to make judgments about the social, ethical, and biological implications to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue.


  • Leads to: For those with a passion for Science or going on to careers in health‐related professions, biological and marine sciences, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing, conservation work, regional planning and administration and tourism
  • Cost and Materials: $30 workbook
  • Entry Requirements: Study of Level 2 Biology or at the discretion of the HOD
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science
  • UE Approved

Chemistry: Building Blocks of Our World

Chemistry is about understanding the properties of different substances and how these substances can change. Chemistry allows us to predict how substances may alter when the surrounding conditions change, or how they may react to form new substances, and to explain why this happens. 

Chemistry goes on continuously, all around us; in plants that make food using the air and in animals that digest this food, in the burning of fuel and rusting of cars, in the formation of snow and ice, in the industries that supply us with all our household products, and in the many biological processes that maintain the living world.

Students will relate properties of matter to structure and bonding; develop an understanding of and use the fundamental concepts of Chemistry including equilibrium and thermochemical principles to interpret observations.

They will investigate the chemical and physical properties of a range of groups of substances, including acids and bases, oxidants and reductants, and selected organic and inorganic compounds.

  • Leads to: Health sciences, nursing, veterinary science, biochemistry, marine science, geology, food science, engineering and pharmacy
  • Cost and Materials: $30 SciPAD workbooks
  • Entry Requirements: Achievement in two Level 2 Chemistry external standards or at the discretion of the HOD
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science
  • UE Approved

Physics: Physics

This Level 3 course builds on the areas of study at Level 2. Most of the available credits are from the external standards. 

The main areas of study are:

  • wave systems
  • electrical systems
  • mechanical systems
  • an understanding of Modern Physics


  • Leads to: Entry requirement for engineering and some architecture courses recommended for first year health science and biomedical science.
  • Cost and Materials: $30 SciPAD workbook
  • Entry Requirements: Study of Level 2 Physics
  • Teacher in Charge: HOD Science
  • UE Approved