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NSW Syllabuses

Investigating Science Stage 6

Please note the implementation timeframe for the Investigating Science Stage 6 Syllabus (2017).

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 Investigating Science Stage 6 Draft Syllabus Consultation Report (PDF, 415KB) and new Investigating Science Stage 6 Syllabus were developed using the NESA consultative syllabus development process.

Read the Investigating 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 Investigating Science.
In Term 4 start teaching Year 12 Investigating Science.

2019 – First HSC for Stage 6 Investigating Science.


Assessment and Examination Materials

Assessment and Reporting in Investigating Science Stage 6
(including HSC Examination Specifications)
PDF (407KB, 14 pages)
Sample examination materials PDF (1.2MB, 27 pages)
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 (26KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (26KB, 1 page)
Sample C (including Life Skills) Docx (27KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (24KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (24KB, 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 Cause and Effect – Observing (includes a case study for a student with disability)
Module 2 Cause and Effect – Inferences and Generalisations Docx (69KB, 19 pages)
Year 12
 
Module 7 Fact or Fallacy? Docx (81KB, 14 pages)
Module 8 Science and Society Docx (49KB, 8 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 (24KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (24KB, 1 page)
Year 12
 
Sample A Docx (22KB, 1 page)
Sample B Docx (22KB, 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
 
Module 1 Cause and Effect – Observing (includes a case study for a student with disability)
Module 4: Theories and Laws Docx (35KB, 5 pages)
Year 12
 
Depth Study task for Module 7: Analysing Product Claims Docx (31KB, 3 pages)
Depth Study task for Module 8: Stakeholder Influences Docx (33KB, 3 pages)
Guide to the new Investigating Science Stage 6 syllabus PDF (177KB, 4 pages)
Parent guide to new Stage 6 courses PDF (213KB, 5 pages)