SACE Credits: 10

Teacher: Liz Shackleford

The study of chemistry provides an understanding of the behaviour of matter. Chemistry is a subject for those who are interested in natural and processed materials and processes in both the environment and their everyday lives.


Semester 1 of Stage 1 Chemistry is focused around the study of materials, including developing an understanding of the basic composition and properties of both organic and inorganic compounds. Semester 2 focuses on chemistry in the environment, including water quality, climate change, and developing a basic understanding of the processes in batteries as a potential solution to the use of fossil fuels in power delivery.


Experimental work that is part of the study of Chemistry leads to the development of manipulative and observational skills and enhances your learning process.


  • Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio, including practical reports and a research task (60%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks, including both tests and other written tasks (40%)


This subject is not a prerequisite for Stage 2 Chemistry, however it would be beneficial.