Stage 1 – Year 11

SACE Credits

10 per semester

Does this subject include an exam?



Successful completion of Year 10 Science at a minimum C grade achievement level.

Course Content

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

  • science inquiry skills
  • science as a human endeavor
  • science understanding

Students skills, knowledge, and understanding of these occur in the context of the six topics studied:

  • Materials and their atoms
  • Combinations of atoms
  • Molecules
  • Mixtures and solutions
  • Acid and bases
  • Redox reactions

Learning Requirements

In this subject students are expected to:

  • Apply science inquiry skills to deconstruct a problem and 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.


A full year is necessary preparation for Stage 2 Chemistry. A single or double semester of Stage 1 Chemistry is also a good foundation for Stage 2 Biology. Stage 2 Chemistry is a university prerequisite for some courses including Science, Biotechnology, Dental surgery, Chemical Engineering and Molecular Drug Design