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Science – Foundation to Year 12

Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum in Science includes:

The F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science, and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

Implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

Schools, states and territories are responsible for implementation of the F-10 Australian Curriculum. Each state and territory has its own implementation plan, along with support programs for teachers. Further information about the implementation plans and programs of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science for each state or territory can be found in the following summary of implementation, or by contacting your local school or education authority.
 

Writing of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum

The writing of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science commenced in 2009 with expert writers and advisory group members. The content for the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science was published in December 2010, following extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, critical friend review and international benchmarking. It was developed with reference to the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Science (2009) and the Curriculum Design Paper v 2.2. Following validation of the F-10 achievement standards during 2011, the final F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science (content and achievement standards) was published at the end of 2011 on the Australian Curriculum website www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.
 

Science F-10 Development Timetable

 

Senior Secondary Curriculum

 

Implementing the senior secondary Australian Curriculum

State and territory curriculum, assessment and certification authorities are responsible for how senior secondary courses are organised, and they will determine how the Australian Curriculum content and achievement standards are to be integrated into their courses. The state and territory authorities will also determine the assessment and certification specifications for those courses and any additional information, guidelines and rules to satisfy local requirements including advice on entry and exit points and credit for completed study. For more information, contact your local state or territory education authority.
 

Writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum

The writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum: Science was developed with reference to Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Science (2009) and the Curriculum Design Paper v.2.2.
 
Australian Curriculum has been written for four senior secondary subjects within the Science learning area. These are:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics
The writing of the senior secondary Australian Curriculum commenced in 2009 with expert writers and advisory group members. An initial draft of the senior secondary Science subjects was published for national consultation in 2010. Consultation meetings were held throughout June and July 2010 and many groups made submissions. Following consultation and in response to that feedback, writing recommenced in May 2011 and a national forum was held in August 2011. The recommendations of all the stakeholders were incorporated into the documents and further consultation with curriculum authorities and professional associations were undertaken prior to the release of the draft senior secondary Australian Curriculum for national public consultation between May and July 2012. The consultation feedback (see Consultation Report) along with national and international feedback contributed to further revisions and consultation with state and territory education authorities in August and September 2012. Final revised and quality assured documents were approved by the Standing Council of Ministers in December 2012. The final senior secondary curriculum is published on the Australian Curriculum website www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.
 

Senior Secondary Science Development Timeline

Downloads

Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Science (2009)
National Science Curriculum: Framing paper (2009)