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.



In their study of Chemistry, students develop and extend their understanding of how the physical world is chemically constructed, the interaction between human activities and the environment, and the use that human beings make of the planet's resources.  They explore examples of how scientific understanding is dynamic and develops with new evidence, which may involve the application of new technologies.

Students consider examples of benefits and risks of chemical knowledge to the wider community, along with the capacity of chemical knowledge to inform public debate on social and environmental issues.  The study of Chemistry helps students to make informed decisions about interacting with and modifying nature, and explore options such as green or sustainable chemistry, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of chemical products and processes.

Students integrate and apply a range of understanding, inquiry, and scientific thinking skills that encourage and inspire them to contribute their own solutions to current and future problems and challenges, and pursue future pathways, including in medical or pharmaceutical research, pharmacy, chemical engineering, and innovative product design.

The topics for Stage 2 Chemistry are:

  • monitoring the environment
  • managing chemical processes
  • organic & biological chemistry
  • managing resources


The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Chemistry:

School assessment

  • assessment type 1: investigations folio (30%)
  • assessment type 2: skills and applications tasks (40%)

External assessment:

  • assessment type 3: examination (30%) 

Students provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments, including the external assessment component.

Students complete:

  • at least two practical investigations
  • one investigation with a focus on science as a human endeavour
  • at least three skills and applications tasks
  • one examination (external)

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: June 2023