TThe Biology syllabus explores the diversity of life from a molecular to a biological systems level. The course examines the interactions between living things and the environments in which they live. It explores the application of biology and its significance in finding solutions to health and sustainability issues in a changing world.
The Chemistry Stage 6 Syllabus explores the structure, composition and reactions of and between all elements, compounds and mixtures that exist in the Universe. The discovery and synthesis of new compounds, the monitoring of elements and compounds in the environment, and an understanding of industrial processes and their applications to life processes are central to human progress and our ability to develop future industries and sustainability.
Both Preliminary and HSC courses offer students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in aspects of engineering that include communication, engineering mechanics/hydraulics, engineering materials, historical/societal influences, engineering electricity/electronics, and the scope of the profession.
The study of Investigating Science in Stage 6 enables students to develop an appreciation and understanding of science as a body of knowledge and a set of valuable processes that provide humans with an ability to understand themselves and the world in which they live. Through applying Working Scientifically skills processes, the course aims to enhance students’ analytical and problem-solving skills, in order to make evidence-based decisions and engage with and positively participate in an ever-changing, interconnected technological world.
The Preliminary course provides students with a basic introduction to marine safety; the chemical and physical make-up of the marine environment; the enormous diversity of life found in the sea; the problems facing humans as they enter the water and the wide range of employment opportunities offered by marine and maritime industries.
The HSC course provides students with the opportunity to learn the basics of small boat operation and handling and to obtain a NSW General Boat Licence. It introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of catching fish; the anatomy and physiology of marine organisms and their adaptations and the fragile nature of marine organisms and their rapid spoilage after capture.
The Physics syllabus involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts that include energy and force. Physics deals with the study of phenomena on scales of space and time – from nuclear particles and their interactions up to the size and age of the Universe.
This allows students to better understand the physical world and how it works, appreciate the uniqueness of the Universe, and participate in navigating and influencing the future.