All students study Science in Years 9 and 10. It is not compulsory in Year 11 but students are strongly recommended to do the Achievement Standards based course.
The Year 9 programme includes a number of units covering The Living World ('Botany', 'Food and Digestion' and 'Marine Ecology'), The Physical World ('Optical Science'), The Material World ('Mixing and Separating' and 'Matter') and work from The Planet Earth and Beyond strand ('Astronomy' and 'Hydrology').
The The Year 10 programme includes a number of units covering The Living World ('Genetics and Evolution' and 'Medical Science'), The Physical World ('Forces and Motion' and 'Electricity'), The Material World ('Acids and Bases' and 'Metallurgy') and from The Planet Earth and Beyond strand ('Geology' and 'Fuels and Climate').
The 24 credit Achievement Standards based course offering 8 credits by internal assessment and up to 16 credits in the externally assessed Achievement Standards. The course is the pre-requisite for study of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Level 2. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are also offered at Level 3 to students who have the required pre-requisites from their study of Level 2 Sciences.
An 18 credit course. 6 credits by internal assessment, plus up to 12 credits by external examination. Internally assessed material includes a biological investigation in cell biology, communities and ecosystems. The external examinations assess work on genetics, ecology, structure and function of plants or animals.
A 20 credit course. 6 credits by internal assessment plus up to 14 credits by external examination. The internally assessed material includes research on a contemporary biological issue and research on a bio-technological technique. The external examinations assess understanding of evolution, gene expression, animal behaviour and plant responses to the environment.
A maximum of six Achievement Standards offering 23 credits are available. Three (10 credits) are internally assessed and focus is on practical activity. The remaining three Achievement Standards ask students to 'Demonstrate' understanding of: (1) bonding,structure, properties and energy changes: (2) the properties of selected organic compounds: and (3) chemical reactivity.
A maximum of five Achievement Standards offering 20 credits are available. One of the Achievement Standards is internally assessed and the focus is on practical activity. The remaining Achievement Standards ‘describe’: (1) oxidation-reduction processes; (2) particles and thermichemical principles; (3) the properties of organic compounds containing selected functional groups; and (4) aqueous solutions using equilibrium principles.
A maximum of six Achievement Standards offering 24 credits are available. Two of the Achievement Standards (6 credits) are internally assessed and focus on practical activity. The remaining four Achievement Standards ask students to demonstrate an understanding of: wave phenomena; mechanics; atoms and radioactivity; electricity and electromagnetism.
A maximum of five Achievement Standards offering 24 credits are available. One Achievement Standard (5 credits) is internally assessed and focuses on practical activity. The remaining four Achievement Standards ask students to demonstrate an understanding of: wave systems; translational, rotational and simple harmonic motions; atoms, photons and nuclei; DC circuits, capacitance, electromagnetic induction and AC circuits.