We are currently at an exciting juncture in Stage 6 studies, with the major KLAs (Key Learning Areas) of Science, Maths, English and HSIE all adopting new syllabuses to first be examined in the 2019 Higher School Certificate.
A common question from students and carers alike is: "Is it harder?" Understandably, the perception is that, as there is more content, and content of a higher level, it must be more difficult. However, in Chemistry, this has freed us to focus upon the core concepts that underpin Chemistry and will aid our students in achieving to their ability in this course. Furthermore, by removing the context that was overlaid in the previous syllabus, we are able to focus on local concerns, such as the chemistry of the Parramatta River. These changes will make Chemistry immediately relevant to our students.
The new Stage 6 Syllabus has an extensive focus on Working Scientifically, This reinforces to students what it actually means to conduct investigations, review scientific literature and analyse data as if they were scientists working today. New NESA requirements have mandated that there will be only three assessment tasks, such that there will no longer be a Midcourse examination. Chemistry students will be able to monitor their progress via formative topic tests. Whilst these tests will not form part of their formal assessment, they will be an important diagnostic tool for students to measure their progress in the course. Another change in assessment introduced by NESA is the inclusion of the Depth Study. This is an assessable task that allows students to gain a deeper understanding of course aspects through individual study. Students at CHS are already aware of how to achieve in this task in Chemistry, via their assessment notifications and class discussion.
Students in 2018 and beyond can look forward to gaining a thorough understanding of chemical concepts that will readily prepare them for scientific studies at university; the skills gained in analytical and critical thinking will prove useful in any course of study that they choose to undertake. Chemistry at CHS aims to prepare life-long learners that are able to deconstruct and analyse data and apply higher-order thinking skills that are applicable to all situations.
2018 Preliminary Chemistry Modules:
Module 1: Properties and Structure of Matter
Module 2: Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry
Module 3: Reactive Chemistry
Module 4: Drivers of Reaction
2018 HSC Chemistry Modules:
The Production of Materials
The Acidic Environment
Chemical Monitoring and Management
OPTION: Industrial Chemistry