The Year 10 Science Course follows the Australian Science Curriculum that is organised in three interrelated strands:
- Science as a human endeavour – which focuses on the nature and influence of science
- Science inquiry skills –which focuses on skills essential for working scientifically
- Science understanding – which focuses on the important science concepts from across different areas of science (details below)
Biological sciences: The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes. The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence.
Chemical sciences: The atomic structure and properties of elements are used to organise them in the Period Table. Different types of chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products and can occur at different rates.
Earth and space sciences: The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe. Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
Physical sciences: Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations. The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics.
1. Coursework (25%)
2. Common Tests (25%)
3. Examination (50%)