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HSC  |  Investigating Science

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Course Description

Investigating Science is designed to assist students of all abilities to engage with the scientific processes, and apply those processes to investigate relevant personal, community and global scientific issues. It draws and builds the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes gained in Science Stage 5. Investigating Science will help to enhance students’ understanding of the value of evidence-based investigation. 

NOTE: Students wishing to study multiple Science subjects in Stage 6 may choose up to 6 units in the Preliminary course, and 7 units in the HSC Course. We offer Science Extension (1 unit) in Year 12 for those students continuing with at least one HSC Science subject and wish to pursue the additional unit. Students can also switch from any Science to another at the end of the Preliminary course e.g. Switch from 11 Physics into 12 Investigating Science. You might like to consider the long-term options when choosing a Science subject for Year 11.


Investigating Science


(Preliminary and HSC)

Course Type

Board Developed

Topics studied in Year 11

  • Module 1: Cause and Effect – Observing
  • Module 2: Cause and Effect – Inferences and Generalisations
  • Module 3: Scientific Models
  • Module 4: Theories and Laws
  • Depth Study: 30 hours

Topics studied in Year 12

  • Module 5: Scientific Investigations
  • Module 6: Technologies
  • Module 7: Fact or Fallacy?
  • Module 8: Science and Society
  • Depth Study: 30 hours

What do you do in this course?

The course is focussed on developing active inquiry and explores key concepts, models and phenomena, providing a foundation for students to value investigation, problem solving, developing and communicating evidence-based arguments and making informed decisions. The 30 hours of Depth Studies gives students a rich foundation of practical investigation and scientific inquiry.

How can this course help you in the future?

Investigating Science supports a large range of careers in science and related industries.

It promotes critical thinking, scientific investigative skills, focussing on developing problems-solving, to support to enhance the student’s ability to participate in all aspects of community life and within a fast-changing technological landscape.