LevelStage 2
Learning AreaScience
SemesterFull Year
Pre-requisiteC grade or higher in Stage 1 Chemistry
Additional CostsWorkshops costs (where required)
SACE Credits20

Who is this course for?

The course aims to develop an understanding of the role of chemistry in the world in which we live. It seeks to foster students' interest by developing these concepts through experimentation. Not only is there a theoretical perspective, but social and ethical issues are also considered.

The pathway for this course include University: Science, Mathematics, Technology or TAFE.

What will I learn?

In this subject, students are expected to:

  • Apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct chemistry investigations using appropriate procedures and safe, ethical working practices
  • Obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of chemistry investigations
  • Evaluate procedures and results and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions
  • Develop and apply knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts in new and familiar contexts
  • Explore and understand science as a human endeavour
  • Communicate knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts, using appropriate terms, conventions, and representations.

The three strands of science to be integrated throughout student learning are:

  • Science inquiry skills
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Science understanding

The topics for Stage 2 Chemistry are:

  • Topic 1: Monitoring the Environment
  • Topic 2: Managing Chemical Processes
  • Topic 3: Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Topic 4: Managing Resources

How will I be assessed?

School Assessment (70%)

Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (30%)

Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)

External Assessment (30%)

Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)

Students provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments, including the external assessment component. Students will complete:

  • Two practical investigations
  • One investigation with a focus on science as a human endeavour
  • Four skills and applications tasks
  • One examination


C grade or higher in Stage 1 Chemistry


Travel and any associated costs to attend each of the practical workshops are the responsibility of the student.

Last updated: 29 July 2021