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 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

The Biology component of this course provides students with the opportunity to study the topic of Genetics, which is recommended for progression towards the study of VCE Biology.

Look like Mum or Dad? Want to know why? This subject will help students understand the amazing processes occurring inside our cells that is the world of genetics. How genes are made and expressed, patterns of inheritance and the investigation of genetic mutations and disorders are studied during this unit. The process of cell division will be directly observed and DNA, the blueprint of life, will be separated from the nucleus of a cell.

The Psychology component of this course will support those wishing to study VCE Psychology. Students will be introduced to the exciting world of psychology and its various branches, gaining an understanding of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Famous psychologists and their theories on these relationships will be investigated. A range of visual illusions will be examined in order to understand the difference between sensation and perception and a research project undertaken with subjects selected from within the College community. Want to know your path in life? The ‘otherworld’ of pseudosciences, such as horoscopes and palmistry, are also investigated.

Assessment Tasks

  • Practical reports
  • Research Investigations
  • Tests
  • Posters
  • 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 Physics component will cover the topics of forces and their effect on motion, as well as Newton’s three laws of Motion. As you gain knowledge of these topics in the Physics unit and complete relevant practical activities, you will build upon your skills in critical thinking, report writing, interpretation of data and using formulae to gain an understanding of how the these laws of motion apply to you in the real world as a driver.

Students planning on studying VCE Physics are encouraged to undertake this subject.

Assessment Tasks

  • Practical reports
  • Research Task
  • Tests
  • Exam