Stage 1 Chemistry
Stage 1 chemistry can be taken as either a 10 or 20 unit subject, however students who wish to progress into stage 2 must do a full year of 20 credits or equivalent of two full semesters.
As in stage 2 chemistry, students are expected to develop an understanding of the main concepts, problem solve for practicals and address Science as a Human Endeavour.
The topics for Stage 1 Chemistry are:
- Topic 1: Materials and their atoms
- Topic 2: Combinations of atoms
- Topic 3: Molecules
- Topic 4: Mixtures and solutions
- Topic 5: Acid and bases
- Topic 6: Redox reactions
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks
For a 10-credit subject, students provide evidence of their learning through four assessments. Each assessment type should have a weighting of at least 20%.
Most schools offering Chemistry at Stage 1 will be providing a 20 credit option.
For a 20-credit subject, students provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments. Each assessment type should have a weighting of at least 20%.
- at least two practical investigations (one design practical + collaborative)
- two investigations with a focus on science as a human endeavour (one for each semester)
- at least two skills and applications tasks. (tests and/or exams over a semester)
Note: all assessment at Stage 1 is school based and not moderated, unless a sample is required from SACE for validation. (Schools receive notice in advance)
While not all schools include exams as part of the summative assessment, it is important to note that these forms of assessment may be used internally as a measure of the capability of a student to undertake further study. It is recommended that examination methodology and practice be included in your preparation for stage 2.
For further information and to download the full SACE course outlines, it is recommended that you visit the SACE website. On this site, you will find examples of some assessments.
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