12 Chemistry

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/chemistry

Pre-Requisite: An achievement level of ‘B’ or better in Stage 1 Chemistry.



Chemistry provides rational explanations of changes occurring in the composition and state of matter. In this course, students apply this knowledge to environmental, social and industrial situations. Students will be required to write balanced chemical equations, draw molecular structures, as well as using basic algebra skills to do various chemical calculations. Many students choosing chemistry go on to tertiary studies, and for some of these courses, chemistry is a pre-requisite.

Focus of learning

Topics include:

  • topic 1 – monitoring the environment
  • topic 2 – managing chemical processes
  • topic 3 – organic & biological chemistry
  • topic 4 – managing resources
  • experimental, information and communication skills


Assessment tasks include:

  • end of year examination
  • school-based work

The school-based work will include:

  • skills and application tasks - this will comprise a test on each of the four topics
  • two practical investigations and one science as a human endeavour investigation 

A variety of tasks allow students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through

  • teamwork and collaboration 
  • innovation and creativity
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • effective oral and written communication
  • knowledge and understanding 

Additional Information

Essentials Chemistry Workbook $60 (optional but recommended)

A significant amount of study outside of the classroom is required to be successful in this subject.

All subject costs are subject to approval, are approximate and subject to change in 2022.

Last updated: 01/07/22