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Years 11 and 12


Biology 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.

Year 11 Biology Modules

·         Cells as the Basis of Life

·         Organisation of Living Things

·         Biological Diversity

·         Ecosystem Dynamics

Year 12 Biology modules

·         Heredity

·         Genetic Change

·         Infectious Disease

·         Non-infectious Disease and Disorders



Chemistry 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.

Year 11 Chemistry Modules

·         Properties and Structure of Matter

·         Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry

·         Reactive Chemistry

·         Drivers of Reactions

Year 12 Chemistry modules

·         Equilibrium and Acid Reactions

·         Acid/base Reactions

·         Organic Chemistry

·         Applying Chemical Ideas


Earth and Environmental Science explores the Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources and also environmental issues. An understanding of the Earth’s resources and the ability to live sustainably on the planet is a central purpose of the study of Earth and Environmental Science.

Year 11 Earth and Environmental Modules

·         Earth’s Resources

·         Plate Tectonics

·         Energy Transformations

·         Human Impacts

Year 12 Earth and Environmental modules

·         Earth’s Processes

·         Hazards

·         Climate Science

·         Resource Management


Investigating Science is designed to assist students of all abilities engage with scientific processes, and apply those processes to investigate relevant personal, community and global scientific issues.

Year 11 Investigating Science Modules

·         Cause and Effect – Observing

·         Cause and Effect – Inferences and Generalisations

·         Scientific Models

·         Theories and Laws

Year 12 Investigating Science modules

·         Scientific Investigations

·         Technologies

·         Fact or Fallacy?

·         Science and Society


Physics 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.

Year 11 Physics Modules

·         Kinematics

·         Dynamics

·         Waves and Thermodynamics

·         Electricity and Magnetism

Year 12 Physics modules

·         Advanced Mechanics

·         Electromagnetism

·         The Nature of Light

·         From the Universe to the Atom

Years 7 - 10


Science is compulsory for all students in Years 7 - 10. Students are exposed to a wide range of challenging and stimulating topics in the junior years with a strong emphasis on inquiry-based investigation tasks.

Year 7 Topics

·         Introduction to Science and Matter

·         Classification and Cells

·         Scientific Method

·         Forces

·         Separating Mixtures and Resources

Year 8 Topics

·         Elements, Compounds and Chemical Reactions

·         Energy and energy transformations

·         Multicellular Organisms

·         Ecosystems

·         Solar System

Year 9 Topics

·         Atoms and the Periodic Table

·         Energy & Motion

·         The Changing Earth & Space

·         Body Systems and Responses and Biotechnology

Year 10 Topics

·         Electrical Energy and Efficiency

·         Chemical Reactions and Materials

·         Genetics and Evolution

·         The Earth’s Spheres and Environment


In Years 9 and 10, students may also choose to study Marine and Aquaculture Technology as an elective subject.

The study of Marine and Aquaculture Technology develops a student’s capacity to design, produce, evaluate, use and sustainably manage marine and water-related environments. Students study a core and option modules. There are 48 option modules organised into seven focus areas covering broad aspects of marine and aquaculture technology. The seven focus areas are:

·         Biology

·         Ecology

·         Leisure

·         Aquaculture

·         Employment

·         Management

·         General Interest.

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