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Level: 10
School code: 10SC
Year level requirements: Compulsory


Student placement in classes is based on their achievement in year 9 Science and designated ‘Advanced’, ‘Standard’ or ‘General’. Student placement is reviewed at the conclusion of each assessment period.

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In Year 10, students continue to explore systems at different scales and connect microscopic and macroscopic properties to explain phenomena. They also develop their science enquiry skills and the notion of science as a human endeavour.

Semester 1

  • Biological Sciences - Students explore DNA and genes and investigate the theory of evolution by natural selection.
  • Earth and Space Sciences - Students will explore the Big Bang theory and Global systems, including the carbon cycle.

Semester 2

  • Physical Sciences - Students will investigate energy conservation in terms of energy transfers and transformations and that the motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics.
  • Chemical Sciences - Students investigate the atomic structure and properties of elements and how chemical reactions are used to produce a range of products.

Each term student’s knowledge, skills and understandings will be assessed using a minimum of 2 tests, and a selection of performance tasks: practical reports and assignments.