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NSW Syllabuses

Course structure and requirements

Year 11 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 11 course
(120 hours)
Working
Scientifically
Skills
Modules Indicative hours Depth studies
Module 1
Cells as the Basis of Life
60 * 15 hours in Modules 1–4
Module 2
Organisation of Living Things
Module 3
Biological Diversity
60
Module 4
Ecosystem Dynamics

* 15 hours must be allocated to depth studies within the 120 indicative course hours.

Requirements for Practical Investigations

Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced investigations. Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 course and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time, including time allocated to practical investigations in depth studies.

Practical investigations include:

  • undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital technologies
  • fieldwork.

Secondary-sourced investigations include:

  • locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
  • using and reorganising secondary data and/or information.

One fieldwork exercise must be completed in Year 11. 

Year 12 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 12 course
(120 hours)
Working
Scientifically
Skills
Modules Indicative hours Depth studies
Module 5
Heredity
60 * 15 hours

in Modules 5–8

Module 6
Genetic Change
Module 7
Infectious Disease
60
Module 8
Non-infectious Disease and Disorders

*15 hours must be allocated to depth studies within the 120 indicative course hours.

Requirements for Practical Investigations

Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced investigations. Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 12 course and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time, including time allocated to practical investigations in depth studies.

Practical investigations include:

  • undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital technologies
  • fieldwork.

Secondary-sourced investigations include:

  • locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
  • using and reorganising secondary data and/or information.