Killester College Logo Banner Killester College

Science Electives

Core Science is studied for one semester by all students in Year 10.


Have you ever wondered why buildings are made out of steel or aluminium? Why some substances react and others don’t? Or why diamond is able to cut glass? Or are you considering a career involving Chemistry? Then you should check out how ‘Atoms Matter’!

In this elective-based unit you will learn things about the Periodic Table, altering rates of reaction, types of substances and how they react in chemical reactions. There will be many experimental investigations to complete and report about. Calculations and formulae are also important in this study and will be an integral aspect of this unit. If you’ve ever considered a career in any of the following: medicine, forensic chemist, pharmacy, toxicologist, textiles chemist and many more – well, this subject is for you! All in all, this elective aims to prepare students with essential foundations and skills to undertake VCE Chemistry.

LINKS TO VCE: So now you see, Chemistry is more than just mixing products and seeing what happens. If you are planning to do VCE Chemistry, believe it or not, ATOMS DO MATTER in many ways!


In this unit we will investigate a number of big questions regarding different forms of energy:
•How can energy be transmitted from one place to another?
•How and why is energy conserved within a system
•How can we predict the motion of objects using the laws of physics?

We will examine the way light and sound are created, transmitted and detected. Why do we have different colours? What is an X-ray? What makes sounds of different pitch? Why can dogs hear some whistles we can’t? Can we use sunlight to light a fire? We will compare energy changes in interactions such as car crashes, pendulums, lifting and dropping. We will gather data to analyse everyday motions produced by forces, such as measurements of distance and time, speed, force, mass and acceleration. We will recognise and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to describe the effect of interactions between two objects.

LINKS TO VCE: Completing this elective would be very useful for those students considering studying VCE Physics.


In this unit during the first term of your studies you will firstly concentrate on and learn all about Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Why is this molecule so special? Who has it? Where is it found? What does it do? How does it replicate? What happens if things go wrong? What information can family pedigrees tell us? All this is what the study of genetics is about. The second term of this elective focuses on what information we can get from DNA in order to solve a crime. Other crime scene applications will be explored such as: fingerprinting, hair and fibre analysis, blood analysis as well as chromatography. This elective will expose you to many hands-on practical tasks, which will complement the theory taught, to ensure that you are given the foundations to VCE Biology.

If you are dedicated, hardworking and up for a challenge – then this is the right subject for you!

LINKS TO VCE: Skills of observing, recording and analyzing data as well as experimental technique will be used, which then lead on to formal report writing which is a prerequisite in the subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Mathematical analysis tasks. Technological tools such as computers, data loggers and other scientific equipment which play a major assessment role in VCE studies, will also be utilized.