11 Chemistry (Half year course)

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Rainey

NOTE: This course cannot be selected alone - you need to choose either 2 or 4 half year courses in Science.

Chemistry is about understanding the properties of different substances and materials in the world around us and the ways these substances can change.


  • To gain a basic understanding of chemistry and be aware of the role of chemistry in our society.
  • To be able to interpret and use chemical information.
  • To understand theories and concepts to account for some chemical and physical properties of substances.
  • To gain practical skills in handling substances and manipulating equipment safely.

This course is a half year course and will prepare the students for the Year 12 Chemistry course.

The topics are Atomic Structure, Acids and Bases, Rates of Reactions, Types of Chemical Reactions – Precipitation, Displacement, Decomposition and Combination.

The course will also look at increasing the chemical literacy of the students. For example, is calcium metal really in milk? Alkaline water, what is it and why is it being marketed?

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$10 for Education Perfect is highly recommended as a learning enhancement to support learning in Chemistry.

Description Type Value
Education Perfect Voluntary $10.00

Assessment Information

All half year courses will include formative and summative assessment. There are two topic tests.


Tertiary courses with study leading to a scientifically related field such as medical or health sciences, pharmacy, veterinary science, physiotherapy and food technology.

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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.