The study of chemistry includes an overview of the matter that makes up materials, and the properties, uses, and reactions of these materials.

Course details

  • Further study Stage 2 Chemistry 1 (2CHEMY)

About the subject

In their study of Chemistry, students develop and extend their understanding of how the physical world is chemically constructed, the interaction between human activities and the environment, and the use that human beings make of the planet’s resources. They explore examples of how scientific understanding is dynamic and develops with new evidence, which may involve the application of new technologies.

Students consider examples of benefits and risks of chemical knowledge to the wider community, along with the capacity of chemical knowledge to inform public debate on social and environmental issues. The study of Chemistry helps students to make informed decisions about interacting with and modifying nature, and explore options such as green or sustainable chemistry, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of chemical products and processes.

Through the study of Chemistry, students develop the skills that enable them to be questioning, reflective, and critical thinkers; investigate and explain phenomena around them; and explore strategies and possible solutions to address major challenges now and in the future (for example, in energy use, global food supply, and sustainable food production).

Students integrate and apply a range of understanding, inquiry, and scientific thinking skills that encourage and inspire them to contribute their own solutions to current and future problems and challenges, and pursue future pathways, including in medical or pharmaceutical research, pharmacy, chemical engineering, and innovative product design.

Course Content

Students must be able to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of the three strands of science:

  • science inquiry skills
  • science as a human endeavour
  • science understanding
  • Science understanding is delivered under six main topic areas.

Semester 1 topics:

  • Topic 1: Materials and their atoms
  • Topic 2: Combinations of atoms
  • Topic 3: Molecules

Semester 2 topics:

  • Topic 4: Mixtures and solutions
  • Topic 5: Acid and bases
  • Topic 6: Redox reactions


Students provide evidence of their learning through four assessments each semester.

Assessment Weighting
Science as a Human Endeavour Investigation 25%
Deconstruct and Design Practical 25%
Test 25%
Examination 25%

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