Curriculum - Science

Humans are innately curious. Science as a 'way of knowing' is used by people to explore and explain their experiences of phenomena of the universe. It is a process for constructing new knowledge. Science is a part of the human quest for understanding and wisdom and reflects human wonder about the world. The study of science as a 'way of knowing' and a 'way of doing' can help students reach deeper understandings of the world.

Science at St Andrew’s encourages students to explore the world around them and make links with their knowledge to encourage deeper understandings. Taught by a dedicated team of teachers, many of whom have worked in Science and Engineering before coming to teach, we offer well equipped labs and our technicians are able to offer an excellent support for both students and teachers to ensure that the practical experience is the best it can be.

All students study general Science following the National Curriculum in Year 7-9. Our Year 10 students are able to study a number of different Science options before specialisation in Year 11 & 12. Each year more than half of our Year 12 students choose to continue their study of Science at University!


Chemistry is one of the more challenging QSA subjects.  It is a prerequisite for several university courses and is regarded highly in the admission process. Students at St Andrew’s experience chemistry where content and learning is supplemented with hands on experimentation. Among other things, students discover more about the periodic table, structure of atoms, stoichiometry and organic chemistry.  Students will be assessed using Extended Response Tasks (ERT), Extended Experimental Investigations (EEI) and written exams. This varied assessment provides opportunities for all students to reach their potential. Chemistry is a challenging course that requires a high level of problem solving, conceptual understanding and mathematical competency.  The skills learnt are transferable to other aspects of schooling and life.  The rewards and benefits of studying chemistry should not be underestimated.
Biology at St Andrew’s gives students the opportunity to learn about the abundance of organisms on Earth and how they are specially adapted to their surroundings. The course also offers the unique opportunity to dissect and detangle the complexities of the human body for those with a passion for anatomy and physiology. In Year Twelve we enter the world of genetics and manipulate the offspring of insects to produce desired and predictable traits. With excursions to Australia Zoo and local rocky shores you get to experience a range of field techniques that will be utilized within the science industry. Biology is a fascinating subject that links in well to several tertiary courses and learnings can be applied to several aspects of our lives.
Physics at St Andrew’s begins in Year 11 with a thorough investigation of motion and all things Newtonian. Understanding basic concepts behind building design and strength analyses combines with an in-depth exploration of matter. Wave motion and optics allow for plenty of practical investigations and electronics will have you wondering about things that go bleep in the night. Nuclear physics completes the course with the realisation that E=mc2 is staggeringly simple and powerful. All of these subjects prepare our students for further scientific courses at University and the range of examinations, written assignments and extended experimental investigations allow students to relay their knowledge in a variety of ways.

Marine Science is a practical inquiry- based science subject that allows students to explore marine science concepts, systems and models in relevant contexts. Students will study Marine Biology and issues facing marine environments including overfishing, pollution, marine pests, marine habitat destruction and climate change in Year 11. Semester 1 of Year 12 focuses on coral reef ecology with an extended marine investigation on Heron Island and Semester 2 focuses on the management of Global marine issues.  Students will learn skills needed to conduct field investigations in a marine environment. 

A course of study in Marine Science can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of marine science, marine biology, nautical science, fisheries and aquaculture, conservation and resource management, tourism, seafood and maritime industries.

Staff Contacts

Stuart Koy
Head of Science

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