Science

Overview

It is strongly recommended that students wishing to choose science in VCE, choose the appropriate year 10 science subject/s, to ensure they are prepared to for their VCE subject/s. Students wishing to study a full year of science are recommended to take both the Biology and Psychology and the Chemistry and Physics electives. Students can choose a semester of science to suit their interests and needs. 


Biology and Psychology - The Science of life and the mind

This course provides an integrated study of a range of biological topics which are recommended for progression towards the study of VCE Biology. Topics to be covered include: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Inheritance and Evolution.

Look like Mum or Dad? Want to know why? This subject will help students to understand patterns of inheritance, genetics and gene expression.
What happens when things go wrong? Genetic disorders, diagnosis and treatment will also be explored.
Where did we come from? The course will involve gaining an understanding of the key knowledge of cells and the cell components, as well as the concept of human evolution and the scientific evidence behind change.
The course will also have an aspect of psychology incorporated within it, which will support those wishing to study VCE Psychology. Students will be introduced to the exciting world of thoughts, feelings and behaviour. They will also develop a broader understanding of the reasons why we behave in particular ways, the structure and function of your brain and how it influences your perception of the world.

Assessment Tasks

  • Practical Reports
  • Research Investigation
  • Tests
  • Poster
  • Exam

Chemistry and Physics - The Science of matter and how things work

The year 10 Chemistry component provides students with the opportunity to readily prepare for VCE Chemistry. Students will further their knowledge on the periodic table and the structure of the atom. They will investigate the bonding models of ionic and covalent compounds. They will extend their understanding of the main types of reactions such as synthesis, decomposition, combustion and acid and bases. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and investigate how reactions can be sped up through the means of temperatures, concentrations and surface area.

The second part of this subject is ideal for students who enjoy investigating the world around them, with an emphasis on practical activities. Fundamental concepts related to electricity and magnetism, including the construction of electrical circuits and motors will be introduced. There will be an exploration of forces and motion in relation to a range of real-world applications. Students will build upon their skills in critical thinking, report writing, interpretation of data, use of formulae and describing real-world phenomena using physics. Students who are planning to undertake VCE Physics are strongly encouraged to undertake this subject.

Assessment Tasks

  • Practical Reports
  • Research Task
  • Tests
  • Exam


Biology and Chemistry - The Science of Life and matter

This course provides an integrated study of a range of biological topics which are recommended for progression towards the study of VCE Biology. Topics to be covered include: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Inheritance.

Look like Mum or Dad? Want to know why? This subject will help students to understand patterns of inheritance, genetics and gene expression.

What happens when things go wrong? Genetic disorders, diagnosis and treatment will be explored. The course will involve gaining an understanding of the key knowledge of cells and the cell components.

Year 10 Chemistry component provides students with the opportunity to readily prepare for VCE Chemistry. Students will further their knowledge on the periodic table and the structure of the atom. They will investigate the bonding models of ionic and covalent compounds. They will study the main types of reactions such as synthesis, decomposition, combustion and acid and bases. Students will demonstrate their knowledge and investigate how reactions can be sped up through the means of temperatures, concentrations and surface area.

Assessment Tasks

  • Practical Reports
  • Research Task
  • Tests
  • Exam