Biology develops an understanding of the natural world.  It involves studying living organisms, life processes, and the interactions of organisms with each other and their natural environments.  Students will acquire practical skills in field and laboratory biology and develop an understanding in terms of the social, economic, technological and personal contexts of biological science.

Chemistry is the study of substances, their composition, their effects on one another and our interaction with them.  We examine the application of chemical knowledge to technology, the environment and society.  Students will have opportunities to investigate, explore and solve problems, ask questions, and discuss chemical concepts and issues such as improving human health, preventing environmental problems and rehabilitating degraded environments.

Physics is the study of natural phenomena such as energy, light, electricity, movement and the basic structure of matter.  In studying Physics students will learn how to interpret the world around them.  Physics is also useful for pursuing hobbies, confronting technological issues and appreciating a particular way of knowing the world.  It will enable students to choose a career in a wide range of technical, trade and professional areas.

Psychology provides students with the opportunity to explore human development and behaviour and to reflect upon their own experiences.  Psychology is of value to students because of the skills it enhances, the content it covers and the applications to employment it offers.

VCE Biology 1 & 2
Unit 1 – How do living things stay alive?


Area of Study 1: How do organisms function?

· Cell size, structure and function

· Crossing the plasma membrane

· Energy transformations

· Functioning systems


Area of Study 2: How do living systems sustain life?

· Survival through adaptations and regulation

· Organising biodiversity

· Relationships between organisms within an ecosystem


Area of Study 3: Practical Investigation


Unit 2 – How is continuity of life maintained?


Area of Study 1: How does reproduction maintain the continuity of life?

· The cell cycle

· Asexual reproduction

· Sexual reproduction

· Cell growth and cell differentiation


Area of Study 2: How is inheritance explained?

· Genomes, genes and alleles

· Chromosomes

· Genotypes and Phenotypes

· Pedigree charts, genetic cross outcomes and genetic decision making


Area of Study 3: Investigation of an issue

Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Year 10 A & B Science VCE Biology Units 3&4
Associated costs: Melbourne excursion approximately $160


For further advice: Kate Lochery and Mikaela Evans

VCE Chemistry 1 & 2
Unit 1 – How can the diversity of materials be explained?

In this unit students investigate the chemical properties of a range of materials from metals and salts to polymers and nanomaterials. Students explore and explain the relationships between properties, structure and bonding forces within and between particles.


Area of Study: How can knowledge of elements explain the properties of matter?

· Atomic theory

· The mole concept

· Mass spectroscopy


Area of Study: How can the versatility of non-metals be explained?

· Bonding

· Polymers

· Nanotechnology


Area of Study: Research Investigation

Unit 2 – What makes water such a unique molecule?

In this area of study students focus on the use of analytical techniques, both in the laboratory and in the field, to measure the solubility and concentrations of solutes in water, and to analyse water samples for various solutes including chemical contaminants.


Area of Study: How do substances react with water?

· Acids and Bases

· Green Chemistry

· Redox Reactions


Area of Study: How are substances in water measured and analysed?

The atmosphere

· Salts and Organic Compounds

· Concentration

· Solubility


Area of Study: Practical Investigation

Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Year 10A and B Science Chemistry 3 & 4

For further advice: Lee Tompsett

VCE Physics 1 & 2
Course Outline

In this unit students seek to understand and explain the physical world.  By looking at the way matter and energy interact through observations and experiments, students will gain a better understanding of the underlying laws of nature.  Students will also have the opportunity to undertake a practical investigation in an area of their choice.

Unit 1: What ideas explain the physical world?


Areas of Study

· How can thermal effects be explained?

· How do electric circuits work?

· What is matter and how is it formed?

Unit 2: What do experiments reveal about the physical world?


Areas of Study

· How can motion be described and explained?

· Detailed study

· Practical investigation


Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Year 10 Science A and B

Year 10 Advanced Maths

VCE Physics Units 3 & 4


For further advice: Andrew Sartori

VCE Psychology 1 & 2
Unit 1


Course Outline

In this unit students investigate the structure and functioning of the human brain and the role it plays in the functioning of the human nervous system.  Students will also examine psychological models and theories used to predict and explain the development of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.


Areas of Study

· How does the brain function?

· What influences psychological development?

Unit 2


Course Outline

In this unit students examine how behaviour and mental processes are influenced by a variety of biological, psychological and social factors.  Students will also explore a variety of factors that can influence the dynamics of particular individual and group behaviours, such as attitude formation, prejudice and discrimination.


Areas of Study

· What influences a person’s perception of the world?

· How are people influenced to behave in particular ways?

Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Year 9 & 10 Science VCE Psychology Units 3 & 4

For further advice: Kasey Wirges