Real Life Science

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The Real Life Science course provides students with a variety of contemporary real world contexts in which they can investigate science concepts. Students are required to use scientific skills such as curiosity, observation and data collection to explore these contexts. The study of Real Life Science encourages students to develop and conduct practical investigations based on the knowledge gained in lessons. These investigations will be in real world contexts to encourage students to recognise the impact of science on society.

The course is structured as discrete units covering a large variety of contexts. Some possible contexts could be:

  • cosmetics
  • rocketry
  • kitchen chemistry
  • marine biology
  • robotics
  • sustainability and biodiversity
  • water
  • biotechnology
  • environmental degradation
  • mining
  • first aid
  • infectious disease
  • local ecosystem studies
  • aquaculture
  • horticulture
  • vehicle design and safety
  • climate change

Assessments in the course will be project based investigations that will require the development of science inquiry skills as well as 21st century / STEM skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, data analysis, initiative, communication, flexibility, creativity and collaboration.

Future Curriculum Links

The Real Life Science course focuses on developing students’ ability to investigate science issues in the context of the world around. The course allows students to explore many of the science disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.

Additional Information

The study of Real Life Science is designed to be inclusive and as such is highly relevant to further studies in many fields. The course aims to be attractive to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and career aspirations.


Studying real life sciences this year has been amazing and I would highly recommend choosing it as an elective for year 9. At the beginning of the year we were able to choose what topics we were going to study, including the options of marine biology, engineering and rocketry. Our class decided to study cosmetics, marine biology and plastics in our environment and we have learnt so much. We have explored real life issues in our environment, and proposed solutions that the school can use in our community.

Renata Palermo 

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