11 Physics (Full or Semester)

Entry Recommendations: 

High level of achievement in Year 10 Science.


The study of physics enables students to understand and appreciate the world around them. This subject requires the interpretation of physical phenomena through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei.  As well as applying knowledge to solve problems, students develop experimental, investigation design, information, and communication skills through practical and other learning activities.  They gather evidence from experiments and research and acquire new knowledge through their own investigations.

Physics A focuses on the laws of motion and force and energy, examining how the concepts can be related to a range of everyday phenomena.

Physics B focuses on continues on from these general principles and looks at the phenomena of fields and waves, including studies of electricity, magnetism, light, sound and nuclear physics.

The course seeks to build on the physical science concepts presented in Middle school.  There is a focus on practical investigations and the writing of scientific reports, to reinforce learning and as a preparation for students seeking to continue to Stage 2 Physics.


Assessment at Stage 1 is school based. Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

  • Investigations Folio

  • Skills and Applications Tasks