In Chemistry students study the matter that makes up materials, and the properties, uses, means of production, and reactions of these materials.

About the subject

Students undertake a critical study of the social and environmental impact of materials and chemical processes. Students consider how human beings make use of the earth's resources and the impact of human activities on the environment. They develop investigation skills, and an understanding of the physical world that enables them to be questioning, reflective, and critical thinkers.

Course content

Stage 2 Chemistry is organised so that each intended student learning is related to a key chemical idea or concept within five topics. Through the study of these key ideas and concepts students develop their chemistry investigation skills.


  • Topic 1: Elemental and Environmental Chemistry
  • Topic 2: Analytical Techniques
  • Topic 3: Using and Controlling Reactions
  • Topic 4: Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Topic 5: Materials


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Investigations Folio40%
Skills and Applications Tasks30%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment - Examination (3 hours)

Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the key ideas and the intended student learning in the five topics and the investigation skills. Students are given a sheet containing a periodic table, standard SI prefixes, and a table showing the relative activities of a number of metals.The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Chemistry Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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