Year 10 | Science Pathways

Sciences at Year 10

Students are required to study the equivalent of a full year of Science (ie. two semester units) at the Year 10 level.  Students anticipating a career in the Sciences may take an additional Science unit as an elective if desired. Please read the following information to ensure that your Year 10 subject choices will prepare you to do the VCE Science courses of your choosing.

“Safest” Year 10 Combinations

Choosing one of these combinations of Year 10 subjects will prepare you to study ANY VCE Unit 1 & 2 Science as well as VCE Unit 3 & 4 Environmental Science in Year 11. These are considered “safe” combinations because they do not limit entry into VCE courses in the future.

 
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Alternative Year 10 Science Combinations

Other combinations of Year 10 subjects are possible as outlined below. Notice that these combinations limit you from one or more VCE Science subjects (Chemistry, Biology or Physics); however, for students who have no interest in pursuing these subjects this is unlikely to be an issue.  The advantage to choosing one of these combinations is that you can specialise in particular areas of Science that interest you the most.

 
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Specific entry requirements into VCE Science subjects can be found by studying the pathways diagrams provided on the main Year 10 Science page. Click the button to check.


 

Combinations that are not allowed.

Some subjects cannot be taken in the same year as one another because they contain too much of the same content. Please pay close attention to these restrictions when finalising what Science units you will study during Year 10.

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VCE Science Acceleration

A Year 10 Science can be substituted for a VCE Unit 1 or 2 Science for students accelerating at Year 10 or an additional Science unit can be taken as an elective. The pathways diagrams for entry into each of the VCE Sciences are shown on the main Year 10 Science page and should be studied along with the pages for VCE Agriculture and Horticulture, VCE Biology, VCE Psychology, VCE Physics and VCE Environmental Science when making decisions regarding acceleration. The table below summarises the acceleration pathways available in Science.

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*Note: Students may choose to do a Unit 1or 2 in Year 10 but still complete the other Unit (1or 2) in Year 11 and Unit 3 &4 in Year 12