The Science department at Rosehill Secondary College offers an engaging, practical-based science curriculum in-line with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). Units of work are designed to cater for all learning abilities and integrate literacy, numeracy and ICT tasks. Students participate in Science excursions and incursions at all year levels. The College runs a highly successful Science Week program with students very eager to participate in various science based extra-curricular activities.

Years 7 – 9

Students participate in at least one unit of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth Science per year. Psychology is introduced to the curriculum in Year 9. The units are further outlined below. All units are incremental and build on prior knowledge and understandings. Throughout all units of work, a major emphasis is placed on comprehension of the scientific method and building confidence and skills within the laboratory setting.

Year 10

At Year 10 Students have the opportunity to participate in one of two Science electives:

  • Life Science- Students are prepared for VCE studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics studying units such as Chemical Pathways, Getting into Genes (Genetics), Electricity and Electromagnetism, Life Goes On (Evolution), Nutrition and Biochemistry, and On the Move (Motion and Forces).
  • Practical Science- Students complete units of work focusing on the everyday application of scientific knowledge. Units of work include: The Human Body, Consumer Science, Forensics and The Need for Speed (the physics of moving objects).


At the VCE level, we offer the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
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