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NSW Syllabuses

Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6

Please note the implementation timeframe for the Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 Syllabus (2017). This syllabus is not to be taught in 2017.

See the Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 Syllabus to be taught for Year 11 in 2017 and Year 12 in 2018.

The new Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 Syllabus has been released to schools for familiarisation and planning throughout 2017 prior to its introduction in 2018. Schools and teachers should be aware of the implementation timetable, which details when each syllabus is to be introduced.

Here you will find all of the syllabus elements, assessment and reporting guides, support materials and advice on supporting students with special education needs.

A download of the syllabus is available.

The Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 Draft Syllabus Consultation Report (PDF, 389KB) and new Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 Syllabus were developed using the NESA consultative syllabus development process.

Read the Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 course description.

The examination specifications and materials can be found in the Assessment and Examination Materials section below.
Read the Science Stage 6 Draft HSC Examination Specifications Consultation Report (PDF, 275KB)

Implementation

2017 – Familiarisation and planning for new Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science.

2018 – Start teaching Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science.
In Term 4 start teaching Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science.

2019 – First HSC for Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science.


Assessment and Examination Materials

Assessment and Reporting in Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6
(including HSC Examinations Specifications)
PDF (408KB, 13 pages)
Sample examinations materials PDF (838KB, 27 pages)
Earth and Environmental Science geological time scale PDF (24KB, 1 page)
Performance Band Descriptions  
Years 11–12 Assessment Advice  
Changes to Stage 6 Assessment from 2018  

Support Materials

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing scope and sequences that reflect course structures and meet syllabus requirements. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Sample A Docx (19KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (20KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (21KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (20KB, 1 page)

The samples provided illustrate a range of approaches to developing units. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Module 1 - Earth’s Resources Docx (79KB, 9 pages)
Module 2 - Plate Tectonics Docx (60KB, 10 pages)
Year 12
 
Module 6 - Hazards (including Earth and Space Science Life Skills) Docx (59KB, 8 pages)
Module 7 - Climate Science Docx (61KB, 11 pages)

Sample assessment schedules are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to planning a formal school-based assessment program. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own, being mindful that the mandatory school-based assessment requirements must be met.

Year 11
 
Sample A Docx (20KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (18KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (19KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (20KB, 1 page)
Guide to the new Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 syllabus PDF (189KB, 4 pages)
Parent guide to new Stage 6 courses PDF (213KB, 5 pages)