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Stage 1 Chemistry

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Sciences

Where does it lead?

Chemistry is a subject for students who have an interest in natural and processed materials, and the ways in which people obtain, manufacture and use materials in their everyday lives. Chemistry provides an important foundation to a wide range of tertiary courses, such as Medical Sciences, Engineering, Science, Environmental Studies and Biotechnology.

Semester 1 of Stage 1 Chemistry must be completed for entry in to Semester 2. Successful completion of 20-credits of Stage 1 Chemistry is a prerequisite for Stage 2 Chemistry.

What is in the course?

Chemistry is a discipline of science, utilising the methods common to all science, but having its own body of knowledge and language. It is the study of matter and energy which considers the composition of substances and how they can be changed. The study of chemistry allows students to consider the use that people have made of the world’s resources and the impact of human activity on the planet. In this way, it is hoped that students will be able to make informed choices that promote sustainable futures. This is a practical based course in which students will obtain facts about matter from observations and experiments made on simple materials. Students will investigate theories used to explain these facts. Major topics include: matter, bonding, acids and the environment, organic chemistry, moles and stoichiometry, and redox and electrochemistry.


  • Skills and Applications Tasks
    • Tests and Exam
  • Investigations Folio
    • Practical and 'Science as a Human Endeavour' Investigations
  • Examination


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