Stage 2 – Year 12

SACE Credits


Does this subject include an exam?



Successful completion of Stage 1 Chemistry at C standard is recommended.

Course Content

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

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

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

  • Monitoring the environment
  • Managing chemical processes
  • Organic and biological chemistry
  • Managing resources

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.


Chemistry is a prerequisite or assumed knowledge for many science-based university and TAFE courses, opening up opportunities for careers as diverse as engineering, environmental science, medicine and pharmacy.