Environmental Science

SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Shane Rowett

The Earth system involves four interacting systems: the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. A change in any one ‘sphere’ can affect others on a range of temporal and spatial scales. In this subject we focus on the atmosphere and hydrosphere. This subject emphasises ways in which Earth materials and processes generate environments; the natural processes and human influences that induce changes in physical environments and ways in which organisms respond to those changes.


Through their study of Environmental Science, students will develop and extend their inquiry skills, including designing and undertaking investigations, collecting and analysing primary and secondary data. Students will apply their understanding of the interaction of the four Earth systems to investigate, evaluate, and make predictions about the impact of human activities on the environment and vice versa.


In their study of Environmental Science, students will integrate and apply a range of understanding and inquiry skills that will encourage them to think scientifically. Students will contribute their own solutions to current and future problems and challenges. They will pursue scientific pathways, including in environmental science, geology, meteorology, oceanography, seismology, metallurgy, and scientific research.


Two topics of focus that will be investigated are:

  1. The Earth’s Atmosphere
  2. The Importance of the Hydrosphere


Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio(75%)

  • 2 Practical Investigations
  • 1 Science as a Human Endeavour (SHE) Task

Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts (25%)

  • 1 Test


The course is a 10 credit point subject that does not continue to Year 12. This course is relevant to anyone with an interest in Science and its application in our world.