Stage 1 – Year 11

SACE Credits

10 per Semester

Does this subject include an exam?



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

Course Content

The study of Physics is constructed around using qualitative and quantitative models, laws, and theories to better understand matter, forces, energy, and the interaction among them. Physics seeks to explain natural phenomena, from the subatomic world to the macro-cosmos, and to make predictions about them.

The topics covered are:

  • Linear Motion and Forces
  • Electric Circuits
  • Heat
  • Energy and Momentum
  • Waves
  • Nuclear Models and Radioactivity

Learning Requirements

In this subject students are expected to:

  • apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct physics investigations, using appropriate procedures and safe, ethical working practices
  • obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of physics investigations
  • evaluate procedures and results, and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions
  • develop and apply knowledge and understanding of physics concepts in new and familiar contexts
  • explore and understand science as a human endeavour
  • communicate knowledge and understanding of physics concepts, using appropriate terms, conventions, and representations


Physics is a prerequisite or assumed knowledge for many science-based university and TAFE courses, including engineering, environmental science and medicine.