2 unit course

Course Summary
  • The Year 11 course develops the knowledge, understanding, and skills related to the properties and structures of matter, the types and drivers of chemical reactions, and how we measure the quantities involved in these processes.
  • The Year 12 course builds on the concepts introduced in Year 11 by examining particular classes of chemicals, processes, and various chemical reactions that incorporate organic compounds and acid/base equilibrium reactions. The course challenges students to apply this knowledge to the investigation of a range of methods used in identifying and measuring quantities of chemicals, which leads to an understanding of the structure, properties and trends of and between classes of chemicals. 

Students are provided with course time to undertake a depth study in both Year 11 and Year 12. During this time, students may investigate or conduct an activity that allows for the further development of one or more scientific concepts of this course. These Depth Studies are part of the assessment for both Preliminary and HSC courses.

Practical work is an integral part of Chemistry and occupies at least 30% of class time.

What, if any, skills are needed?

5.2 Mathematics or above is recommended.

Course Units
Year 11 Units Year 12 Units
The Year 11 course consists of four modules:
The Year 12 course consists of four modules:
Module 1: Properties and Structure of Matter
Module 5: Equilibrium and Acid Reactions
Module 2: Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry
Module 6: Acid/Base Reactions
Module 3: Reactive Chemistry
Module 7: Organic Chemistry
Module 4: Drivers of Reactions
Module 8: Applying Chemical Ideas
Learning Experiences

Excursion in Year 11 to ANSTO at Lucas Heights to see nuclear energy and linear accelerator technology.

Excursion in Year 12 to ExperimentFest or similar at a university to see analytical equipment in action. 

Career Options
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Pharmocologist
  • Toxicologist

Chemistry also provides important knowledge and skills for entering into a variety of medical science degrees.


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