Science Subjects

Science is a body of empirical, theoretical, and practical knowledge about the natural world, gained through the observation, explanation, and prediction of real-world phenomena. It is the study of finding out what is really there. It is a quest to uncover and explain our world and our experiences. Science at Swan Christian College is about exploring our world, close and afar, and applying the models and theories taught to everyday experiences. It develops curious thinkers and provides the tools that allow students to formulate ways to investigate the unknowns and satisfy their curiosities.

Year 7-10

Science is a compulsory subject in Year 7 to 10. Students are engaged with all aspects of Science: process, critical thinking, knowledge base and career opportunities. STEM activities are embedded within programs to give students a hands on application of content taught. Additionally, in Years 9 and 10, gifted students are further immersed and extended in the Extension Program.

Year 11 and 12

In Years 11 to 12 students may elect to study a range of subjects. These subjects include ATAR Biology, ATAR Human Biology, ATAR Chemistry, ATAR Physics, ATAR Psychology and General Integrated Science. The Biological Sciences will extend our students’ knowledge of living systems and the way they interconnect. This may be through ecosystems, classification and movement of matter and energy. Human Biology cover ideas relating to structure, function and integration of different systems.

Physical Sciences include the study of Chemistry and Physics, both of which are concerned with the study of matter, energy and their interactions. Chemistry is the study of how materials are formed and the properties related to them. It can be used to predict reactions and the transfer of energy. Physics investigates phenomena that explain how the universe works, including thermal, nuclear and electrical physics, motion, gravity and electromagnetism.

Psychology is the scientific study of how people think, feel and act. It aims to answer important questions such as what factors influence human development. It introduces students to a breadth of knowledge focusing on the psychology of self and others and psychological knowledge helps us understand factors relating to individuals.

Integrated Science (General) is a course grounded in the belief that science is a practical activity, and investigates ways to find solutions to real problems. It looks at the interrelationship between Earth and biological systems, and physical and chemical systems.