Campbelltown Performing Arts High School


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Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Through the study of science students learn about our biological, chemical, geological, physical, and technological world. As students actively engage in the processes of working scientifically, they gain an increased appreciation and understanding of the importance of science in their own lives and society, locally and globally. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students develop an understanding of the relationships between science and technology and its importance in the current and future practice of science. They gain experience in making evidence-based decisions and in communicating their understanding and viewpoints.

Course requirements

All students are required to undertake at least one research project during each of Stage 4 and Stage 5. At least one project will involve hands-on practical investigation. At least one Stage 5 project will be an individual task.

Stage 4 (Mandatory)

Year 7

  • Young Einsteins

  • What’s the Matter

  • Mixtures and separations

  • Healthy life

  • Out of this world

Year 8

  • May the Force be With You.

  • Mother Earth

  • Electricity and energy

  • Periodic table

  • It’s all connected.

Stage 5 (Mandatory)

Year 9

  • Humans and Diseases

  • Up and atom

  • Faster than a speeding bullet

  • Bright sparks

  • Old and groans

  • Cycles of life

  • Big Bang

Year 10

  • Force and Motion

  • Student Research Project

  • Chemistry for life

  • Surviving species

  • Change or die.

Science is elective in Year 11 and 12.

Stage 6

Year 11 and 12 Science subjects are elective at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School. The following subjects are offered in accordance with student demand.

  • Earth and Environmental Science

  • Investigating Science

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

 All have a mandatory depth study.

Earth and Environmental Science

The Earth and Environmental Science course in stage 6 enables the understanding of the Earth’s resources and the ability to live sustainably on the planet. Through working scientifically skills, students engage with inquiry questions to explore knowledge of the Earth. Fieldwork is an integral part of the investigations. The application of earth and environmental science is essential in addressing current and future environmental issues and challenges. It is also necessary for the use and management of geological resources that are important to Australia’s sustainable future.

Investigating Science

The Investigating Science course in Stage 6 enables students’ understanding of the value of evidence-based investigations and the use of science-based inquiry in their lives. Through working scientifically, students develop a foundation to value investigation, solve problems, develop, and communicate evidence-based arguments, and make informed decisions. This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the ethical, social, economic, and political influences on science and scientific research in the modern world.


The Biology course in Stage 6 enables students to explore the diversity of life, from a molecular to a biological systems level, and the interactions between living things and the environments in which they live. Through applying working scientifically processes, students develop scientific investigative skills focused on progressing problem-solving and critical thinking skills to understand and support the natural environment. This course focuses on personal and public health and sustainability issues and promotes an appreciation for the diversity of life on the Earth and its habitats.


The Chemistry course in Stage 6 enables students to explore the structure, composition, and reactions of and between all elements, compounds and mixtures that exist in the Universe. The synthesis of new compounds and an understanding of industrial processes and their applications to life processes are central to human progress and our ability to develop future industries and sustainability. Through applying working scientifically processes, the course focuses on the exploration of models, understanding of theories and laws, and examination of the interconnectedness between seemingly dissimilar phenomena.


The Physics course in Stage 6 aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the physical world and how it works, and appreciate the uniqueness of the Universe. Through applying working scientifically processes students focus on the exploration of models and the analysis of theories and laws, which promotes an understanding of the connectedness of seemingly dissimilar phenomena. Students are encouraged to use observations to develop quantitative models of real-world problems and derive relationships between variables. They are required to engage in solving equations based on these models, make predictions, and analyse the interconnectedness of physical entities. It utilises innovative and creative thinking to address new challenges, such as sustainability, energy efficiency and the creation of new materials.