Curriculum

Science

All students study Science in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 under the Australian Science Curriculum, which allows them to engage in a diverse range of Science subjects offered by The Cathedral College Science Department in Year 11 and 12.

In Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 Science, students are introducted to the four main areas of study: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences.  In these units, the students cover topics such as body systems and basic dissections, volcanoes, chemistry and chemicals, states of matter, accuracy of measurement, conducting fair and accurate tests, using microscopes, energy conversions and experimentations with forces, food testing and nutrition, and designing experiments and constructions.

At the end of these four years of study, students are able to discern which topics they found interesting and which areas of Science they wish to pursue further in Year 11 and 12.

  • Biological Science
  • Agricultural Science
  • Chemistry
  • Science 21
  • Physics
  • Engineering Technology

Students studying Chemistry, gain an understanding of chemical elements and the compounds formed from them, as well as a range of chemical theories for use in various laboratory and life situations. Knowledge of Chemistry can assist students in understanding and interpreting experiences in their everyday surroundings. Through laboratory work, the Chemistry program develops manipulative skills and encourages the use of the experimental approach to problem solving. Our students enjoy competing in the local Titration competition held at CQUniversity.

The study of Physics leads students to an understanding of the physical universe in which we live. They will become aware of the fundamental laws that can be used to describe our world. Physics also examines some of the applications of Physics found in our society.  The emphasis in the course is on the understanding of the fundamental laws of Physics. Mathematics is used in Physics as a tool for examining physical situations as well as communicating results and applications. 

The study of Biological Science aims to give students an understanding of the processes of life and of the interactions of organisms with their environments. Students are expected to read widely to increase their knowledge and understanding of living organisms. The course includes field trips and practical skills developed in the laboratory. Biological Science aims to help students solve problems of a general and biological nature and develop attitudes that will assist students to become thoughtful and open minded adults within society. Field trips to Waterpark Creek assist students in their study of the natural environment.

Agricultural Science is the science of cultivating the ground and raising plants and animals to provide food, fibre and other materials needed by society. It also studies the ways in which people manage natural resources such as plants, animals, climate, soil and water to meet these basic needs. Agricultural Science is an applied science with a large field work component and is designed to focus on both the theory and practical skills in farming and animal husbandry. As well, Agricultural Science will give students the skills to be better managers of their environment, with the ability to make informed and rational decisions about sustainable agriculture in the Australian economy. Agricultural Science is not only designed for students with a rural background, but would suit any student with an interest in environmental, biological or veterinary science.

Agricultural Science students may choose to be an active part of The Cathedral College Show Team. This involves preparing and showing stud cattle and commercial steers and presenting them at many local shows. Sometimes, the students also work with horses in the same manner.

Science 21 provides opportunities for students to examine real-life situations and the relationship between Science, Technology and Society. They will have a knowledge of scientific techniques and how to apply them to everyday problem solving. Students will learn to work individually and as members of a group. This course aims to encourage personal responsibility for learning, co-operation and respect between individuals of varying experiences, and enhancement of communication skills. Students, through a wide variety of educational experiences, should also learn to budget time and resources.

Engineering Technology involves an exciting and engaging study of the fundamentals of physics and its application to the mechanical and electrical world.  Engineering allows us to make sense of the physical world and harness its resources.  The subject is directed towards producing individuals who are able to think critically and creatively in an engineering context, understand and act responsibly on commercial, ethical and environmental issues and communicate effectively in a variety of media and scietific genres.  Engineering technology exposes the student to a wide variety of engineering topics and applications.