Forensic Science

Year 10
Subject Information

Forensic Science is an option Science subject in both semesters of Year 10. Students must study 1 science in each semester of year 10 and may wish to study up to 4 semesters of science in total.

Subject Description

Students acquire an understanding of a broad range of scientific concepts that can be used to examine, analyse and interpret evidence as part of Forensic Science Investigation. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students gain an awareness of biology by examining how the principles of genetics can be used in forensic science to discriminate between fingerprints, blood groupings and DNA fingerprints; the basics of chemistry that underpin flame tests, students learn about the properties of metal elements and an understanding of physics to explain the principles of light when using spectroscopes.
Students use an inquiry-based approach to their work, gathering information, evaluating evidence, synthesising new knowledge, and applying their learning to related ideas and issues. They construct evidence-based arguments and select appropriate formats to communicate science ideas for specific purposes to a range of audiences.

Biology Topics

  • Microscopic analysis

  • Examination and identification of fibres

  • Examination and identification of hairs

  • Blood Groups

  • DNA Fingerprinting

  • Latent Fingerprints

Chemistry Topics

  • Flame Colours - Identifying metal ions

  • Thin Layer Chromatography

​Physics Topics

  • Fluorescence under UV light

  • Using Light – Spectroscopes

Course Fees


Additional Costs

Excursions are programmed into the Forensic Science course such as Flinders University. Each excursion may cost approximately $6.00.

Criterion A:

Knowing & Understanding

Criterion C:

Processing and Evaluating

Criterion B:

Inquiring & Designing

Criterion D:

Reflecting on the impacts of Science

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