VCE Biology 3 & 4
Unit 3 – How do cells maintain life?

In this unit students investigate the workings of the cell from several perspectives.


Areas of Study

· How do cellular processes work?

· How do cells communicate?

Unit 4 – How does life change and respond to challenges over time?

The students consider the continual change and challenges to which life on earth has been subjected.


Areas of Study

· How are species related?

· How do humans impact on biological processes?

· Practical investigation

For further advice: Kate Lochery
VCE Chemistry 3 & 4
Unit 3 – How can chemical processes be designed to optimize efficiency?

The global demand for energy and materials is increasing with world population growth. In this unit students explore energy options and the chemical production of materials with reference to efficiencies, renewability and the minimisation of their impact on the environment.


Areas of Study

1. Options for energy production

On completion of this outcome the student will be able to evaluate the suitability of techniques and instruments used in chemical analysis.


2. Optimising the yield of a reaction

In this area of study students explore the factors that increase the efficiency and percentage yield of a chemical manufacturing process while reducing the energy demand and associated costs.

Unit 4 – How are organic compounds catagorised, analysed and used?

In this unit students investigate the structural features, bonding, typical reactions and uses of the major families of organic compounds including those found in food.


Areas of Study

1. Diversity of carbon compounds

Students explore why such a vast range of carbon compounds is possible. They examine the structural features of members of several homologous series of compounds, including some of the simpler structural isomers, and learn how they are represented and named.


2. What is the chemistry of food?

Students study the major components of food with reference to their structures, properties and functions. They examine the hydrolysis reactions in which foods are broken down, the condensation reactions in which new biomolecules are formed and the role of enzymes, assisted by coenzymes, in the metabolism of food.

Preparation Subjects Companion Subject
VCE Chemistry Units 1 and 2

VCE Mathematical Methods CAS Units 1 and 2

VCE Maths Methods 3 and 4

VCE Biology Units 3 and 4

For further advice: Lee Tompsett
VCE Physics 3 & 4
Unit 3 – Motion, Magnetism and Electricity

This unit focusses on understanding how things move. Object movement is investigated using Newton’s Laws, Circular Motion, Satellites and studies of Energy. We also look at how Electricity is generated using Magnetic Induction and complete the unit by investigating Relativity.


Areas of Study

· Newton’s Laws

· Gravitational Motion

· Magnetism

· Electricity

· Relativity

Unit 4 – Waves, Light and Matter

In Unit 4 we focus on waves and how they move though a medium. We then investigate Light and how it exhibits properties that are both matter and wave like.


Areas of Study

· Mechanical Waves

· Light

· Electromagnetic Waves

· Quantum Physics

· Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

Preparation Subjects Companion Subject
VCE Physics 1 & 2 VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4

For further advice: Andrew Sartori

VCE Psychology 3 & 4
Unit 3 – Course Outline

In this unit students examine the functioning of the nervous system to explain how the human nervous system enables a person to interact with the world around them. They explore how stress may affect a person’s psychological functioning and consider the causes and management of stress. Students investigate how mechanisms of memory and learning lead to the acquisition of knowledge, the development of new capacities and changed behaviours. They consider the limitations and fallibility of memory and how memory can be improved.



Areas of Study

· The Nervous System and psychological functioning

· Learning and Memory

· Research Methods

Unit 4 – Course Outline

In this unit students examine the nature of consciousness and how changes in levels of consciousness can affect mental processes and behaviour. They consider the role of sleep and the impact that sleep disturbances may have on a person’s functioning. Students explore the concept of a mental health continuum and apply a biopsychosocial approach, as a scientific model, to analyse mental health and disorder. They use specific phobia to illustrate how the development and management of a mental disorder can be considered as an interaction between biological, psychological and social factors.


Areas of Study

· States of consciousness

· Mental Health

· Research Methods

Preparation Subjects
VCE Psychology Units 1 &2

For further advice: Kasey Wirges