The general subject of Science is compulsory for Year 9 and 10 students. It gives them a taste of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth & Space Science, in which they can choose to specialise from Year 11.
Year 9 Science
In Biology students study ecology (animal and plant reproduction), cells and work with microscopes. Chemistry introduces them to atoms, particles (different types and how they interact), the Periodic Table and gets them doing hands-on experiments to test chemical reactions. In Physics they start to learn about energy and the behaviour of waves.
Year 10 Science
In Biology students look at genetics and natural selection; Chemistry takes a closer look at the Periodic Table and more specific reactions, and introduces acids and bases with pH testing of common household products. In Physics, students start to learn about electricity, forces and motion.
Year 11 Science
In Year 11 all students are recommended to undertake a Science course as part of their learning programme.
There are a number of different possibilities available to cater for the interests and career aspirations of individual students.
Students can select from the following level one courses:
- Core Science 11SI1 (one option line )
- Combined Sciences 11BC1 AND 11CP1 (two option lines)
- Agriculture 11AG1 (one option line) – this can be done on its own or in addition to Core or Combined Science
Biology: Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse Chemistry: Pharmacist, Bio-Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Forensic Scientist Physics: Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician Horticulture: Tree Surgeon, Nursery Production Manager, Packhouse Supervisor, Orchard Grower, Town Planner, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Meteorologist, Policy Analyst, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Archivist, Film maker, Lawyer, Historian, Social Work, Geologist, Earth and Environmental Science, Aquacultural Manager, Aquarist Cartographer or Photogrammetrist, Climate Change Analyst, Diver, Emergency Management Specialist, Environmental Compliance Inspector, Environmental Scientist, Geographer, Geoscientist, Hydrologist, Industrial Health & Safety Engineer, Park Ranger, Soil and Water Conserv, Nurse Chemistry: Pharmacist, Forensic Scientist Physics: Engineer, Medical Radiation Technician Horticulture: Tree Surgeon, Aquarist Cartographer or Photogrammetrist,