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Science provides a way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles.

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.

The Gap State High School’s science courses support 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.

In addition to its practical applications, learning science is a valuable pursuit in its own right. Students can experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. The wider benefits of this “scientific literacy” are well established, including giving students the capability to investigate the natural world and changes made to it through human activity.

Years 7 to 10 Science

The science curriculum has three interrelated strands:

  • Science Understanding - Biological sciences; Chemical sciences; Earth and space sciences; Physical sciences.
  • Science as a Human Endeavour - Nature and development of science; Use and influence of science.
  • Science Inquiry Skills - Questioning and predicting; Planning and conducting; Processing and analysing data and information; Evaluating; Communicating.


Years 11 and 12 Science

The science subjects offered at The Gap State High School are:

  • Biological Science - the study of the phenomenon of life in all its manifestations. It encompasses studies of the origin, development, functioning and evolution of living systems and the consequences of intervention in those systems.

  • Chemistry – the study of matter and its interactions. It provides an understanding of the materials around us and why they behave as they do.

  • Physics - the study of all forms of force, matter and energy which are known to exist as part of nature.

  • Science21 - integrates the science disciplines in new and exciting ways.

For more detailed information follow the curriculum handbook links.


Student Activities

Science students at The Gap State High School are involved in classroom lessons, practical activities, experimental investigations, assignment work, computer simulations and research, audio-visual presentations, homework activities, excursions, science competitions, science activities hosted by outside organisations.