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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).

See the Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 Syllabus (2013) to be taught for the 2018 HSC exam.

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

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

Guide to Depth Studies Docx (357KB, 9 pages)

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)

Sample assessment tasks are provided to illustrate a range of approaches to developing a formal assessment task. Schools may use a sample without modification, change it, or construct their own.

Year 11
 
Depth Study task for Module 1: Soil profile Docx (37KB, 4 pages)
Module 2: Plate Tectonics Docx (29KB, 3 pages)
Year 12
 
Depth Study task for Module 6: Disaster-proof the planet Docx (30KB, 4 pages)
Module 7: Climate Variation Docx (32KB, 5 pages)
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)