Sciences – Stage 2 Physics

Staff Contact

Nathan Wohling


Required Background

2 semesters of Stage 1 Physics.


Course Outline

Stage 2 Physics is a 20 Credit subject in which is organised into four content themes; Motion in Two Dimensions, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Matter and Atoms and Nuclei. Each of these themes has several sub- themes with a focus on both the scientific knowledge and understanding and a real world application. Throughout the course students develop their understanding of the scientific method, along with scientific literacy and mathematical skills. Students design and carry out three practical investigations and one issues analysis throughout the year, where they display their ability to apply these skills to one of the real world applications. Students also learn to research scientific information, and present it in an ethical way using correct scientific nomenclature and terminology. The external assessment component for Physics is an end of year examination.


Course Content

Motion in two dimensions (9 weeks)

Electricity and magnetism (8 weeks)

Light and matter (8 weeks)

Atoms and nuclei (7 weeks)



Assessment in Stage 2 Biology is 70% school based and 30% externally assessed. Students undertake tasks within the following:

Skills and Applications tasks 30%

Investigations Folio 40%

Examination 30%

Skills and application tasks

The skills and application tasks comprise of 3 tests based on the Cells, Macromolecules and Organisms topics. Tests are arranged into Multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions of approximately equal length and are assessed at the end of each unit.

Investigations Folio

The Investigations folio consists of three practical reports and one issues analysis per semester. One practical report is a design report where students are required to plan their own experiment and conduct it to analyse a hypothesis. The Issues analysis requires the students to examine a Biology based issue and present conflicting views in an extended essay piece.