Science at Lilydale High School

By studying the vast reach of Science and its phenomena, students can infer and understand the vastness of the world around them.

At Lilydale High School, students are required to participate in a dynamic and engaging curriculum from Years 7 to 10. Students can then decide if they want to continue in their study of Science through the five VCE subjects that are offered to them.


Junior Years (7 & 8)

Year 7 students undertake 4 units per year (1 per term)

Term 1 – Lab safety and the scientific method

Term 2 – States of matter, the particle model and mixtures

Term 3 – Forces

Term 4 – Weather, the Earth’s resources, classification and an independent project

Year 8 students undertake 4 units per year (1 per term)

Term 1 – Energy

Term 2 – Steam solutions (geology and robotics)

Term 3 – Cells and body systems

Term 4 – Chemical observations


Middle School (Years 9 & 10)

Year 9 students undertake 4 units per year (1 per term)

Term 1 – Immune system, nervous system and the endocrine system

Term 2 – Atoms, bonding, acids and bases

Term 3 – Heat and electronics

Term 4 – Ecosystems and an independent project

Year 10 students must choose at least one Science elective. These are semester based electives.

  • Big Bang
  • Biochemistry
  • Blue Planet
  • Industrial Food Science
  • Psychology @10
  • Science is Everything & Everywhere

Year 10 students are able to request to study VCE Biology Unit 1 & 2 or VCE Environmental Science Unit 1 and 2. Year 10 SEALP students are welcome to apply for any of the Unit 1 & 2 Science subjects that are offered.

Common Assessment Tasks (CATS) – every student will complete one CAT per term using the vast array of laboratory,  iPad and computer technology available.

The table below depicts the amount of periods, that each year level will study Science at Lilydale High School.

Year Level Number of periods per week
7 & 8 3
9 CORE 3
10 & VCE 5



There are 5 subjects on offer for students entering Year 11 & Year 12;

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Physics

Students will be assessed by the completion of many pieces of School Assessed Coursework (SAC) and a final exam.

It is always beneficial to do the prerequisite Units at 1 & 2 before undertaking Units 3 & 4.  Senior students are expected to monitor their own study habits to make sure that they are up to date with work. They must undertake at least 2 hours of reading and studying concepts each week.  Students are asked to make study notes in a scrapbook on a weekly basis and refer to them throughout the year and before the end of year exam.

Kristy Bjarnelind

Head of Science