Stage 2

Earth & Environmental Science

SACE Minisite
Assumed Knowledge




Focus Capabilities

Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding and Intercultural understanding.

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Subject Description

This subject emphasises ways in which Earth materials and processes generate environments, including habitats, where organisms live; the natural processes and human influences that induce changes in physical environments; and ways in which organisms respond to those changes.

Through their study of Earth and Environmental Science, students develop and extend their inquiry skills, including in designing and undertaking investigations, and collecting and analysing primary and secondary data. They interpret and evaluate information, and synthesise and use evidence to construct and justify conclusions.

Students apply their understanding of the interaction of the four Earth systems to investigate, evaluate, and make predictions about the impact of human activities on the environment and vice versa. They assess the evidence that informs public debate on social and environmental issues such as use of the Earth’s resources, and climate change. Students design a field investigation into an Earth or environmental initiative or issue that is linked to one of the topics in this course. They report on their findings in terms of the interactions of two or more Earth systems.

The topics for Stage 2 Earth and Environmental Science are:

  • Topic      1: Earth systems

  • Topic      2: Earth’s resources

  • Topic      3: Earth’s sustainable future

  • Topic      4: Climate change

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Assessment Type 1:

Investigations Folio (30%)

Assessment Type 2:

Skills & Application Tasks (40%)

Assessment Type 3:

External Assessment: Earth Systems Study (30%).

Assessment Type 4:


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