Preliminary and HSC Biology provides students with a contemporary and coherent understanding of the concepts explaining the functioning, origins and evolution of living things. Biology explores the levels of organisation of life, from the molecular level through cellular to higher levels of organisational structure and function, which exhibit evolution as a common source of unity and diversity. It includes developing an understanding of the interactions within and between organisms and between organisms and their environment. The study of biology recognises that, while humans are part of nature, they continue to have a greater influence on the environment than any other species. The history and philosophy of science, as it relates to the development of the understanding, utilisation and manipulation of living systems by the human species, is an integral part of the study of contemporary biology and assists students to recognise their responsibility to conserve, protect, maintain and improve the quality of all environments for future generations.
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The HSC chemistry course is designed to build upon the foundation gained in the preliminary chemistry course. Students at Uplift Education are expected to be able to solve more complex chemical problems and apply their investigative and problem-solving skills to household and industrial applications. There are three core modules in the HSC chemistry course along with a fourth option topic. It is expected that students completing the HSC chemistry course will be able understand the nature, practice, application of chemistry in the everyday environment.
Preliminary and HSC Physics at Uplift Education draws upon and builds on the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes developed in junior science. It further develops students’ understanding of science as a continually developing body of knowledge, the interdisciplinary nature of science, the role of experiment in deciding between competing theories, the provisional nature of scientific explanations, the complex relationship between evidence and ideas and the impact of science on society. The study of physics involves the students working individually and with others in active, practical, field and interactive media experiences that are related to the theoretical concepts considered in the course.