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
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology

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 to apply to real life situations in topics like engineering and medicine. 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.

Students studying Psychology will learn about the biological development and function of the brain and nervous system. This understanding will allow them to engage with concepts that explain behaviours and underlying cognitions. Students will investigate human consciousness, sleep and intelligence along with the process of diagnosis and how to classify and treat psychological disorders. They will gain a better understanding of how humans use memory and perception to enhance learning. Students will conduct a variety of field research and laboratory investigations to analyse data and interpret evidence.