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NSW Syllabuses

Organisation of content

Content in Stage 6 Life Skills syllabuses is suggested. Content describes the intended learning for students as they work towards achieving one or more syllabus outcomes. It provides the foundations for students to progress to the next stage of schooling or post-school opportunities.

Teachers will make decisions about the choice of outcomes and selection of content regarding the sequence, emphasis and any adjustments required based on the needs, strengths, goals, interests and prior learning of students.

The Science Life Skills Stage 6 Syllabus includes five courses:

  • Investigating Science Life Skills
  • Physical World Science Life Skills
  • Earth and Space Science Life Skills
  • Living World Science Life Skills
  • Chemical World Science Life Skills.

The content of each of these courses is unique but the courses draw on the same outcomes to enable teaching and learning programs to be developed with a specific Science focus.

Students may undertake up to three Science Life Skills courses in both Years 11 and 12.

The Working Scientifically skills should be integrated as course content throughout the courses as appropriate.

The organisation of content diagram consists of a central circle surrounded by two rings. In the centre circle are Outcomes, Knowledge and Understanding, and Working Scientifically. The first ring is divided into five segments for the five Science Life Skills courses and the second ring shows modules for each course. The courses and modules are as follows. Investigating Science Life Skills:  Module 1 Cause and Effect, Module 2 Scientific Models, Module 3 Science and Technology and Module 4 Science and Society. Physical World Science Life Skills: Module 1 Forces and Motion and Module 2 Energy. Earth and Space Science Life Skills: Module 1 Earth’s Resources, Module 2 Human Impacts, Module 3 Earth’s Processes and Hazards and Module 4 Resource Management. Living World Science Life Skills: Module 1 Structure and Organisation of Living Things, Module 2 Diversity and Ecosystems, Module 3 Heredity and Genetics and Module 4 Disease and Disorders. Chemical World Science Life Skills: Module 1 Properties of Matter and Module 2 Chemical Reactions.