“Working Scientifically” is integrated into each module includes a specific focus on some (or all) of the Working Scientifically skills. These scientific skills components will focus on skills such as analysing data, planning and conducting investigations or problem solving.
2) How does the new syllabus impact you?
The changes in the syllabus " are designed to help motivate and challenge students" according to BOSTE. According to the inside scoop from various teachers, the new syllabus better prepare students for University level courses and the inclusion of "depth studies" in the syllabus is suppose to encourage in-depth thought and understanding. The depth studies will allow you to investigate areas of interest in more detail and consolidate your research skills which will be essential for further studies. There will also be a shift away from straight content regurgitation and students are instead assessed for their ability to think independently.
While the intention of the change is clear, there are always challenges associated with the first year implementation of a syllabus. In particular, you won’t have past exam papers to give you an indication of the style of questions and the standard expectations for your final year of the HSC. However, your teachers at school and tutors at Pinnacle will guide you through the new course and help you develop the necessary skill to write a top response.
3) Resources available to prepare for the new syllabus
To ensure our students receive the best support and the most up to date and relevant material, our team at Pinnacle is busy updating our science modules. Our new course material has been prepared under the direction of a HSC marker and current school teacher who has an in-depth understanding on how the new syllabus will be examined. To find out more about our courses, please click here.
You can also find the full versions of the new Chemistry, Physics and Biology Syllabuses at the NSEA website. The new syllabuses are quite a handful to read and you may find the Parent Guide prepared by NSEA a better document in terms of summarising the key changes and how it impacts on your studies as a student.
New Syllabus for Other Subjects
While the Science Syllabus experienced the greatest overhaul compared to other subjects, there are also noteworthy changes with the English and Math Syllabuses. We will dedicate separate posts to discuss these changes.
In particular, the new Maths syllabus has been an area of great debate for teachers in NSW, which has resulted in its delayed implementation until 2019. Currently, we know that Mathematics General has been turned into two different courses: Mathematics Standard One and Mathematics Standard Two, implemented from 2018. Technically these courses existed before, but Mathematics Standard One is now a board developed course so it could be used to gain an ATAR.
We will provide a comprehensive update on the Advanced Mathematics, Extension 1 and Extension 2 Mathematics syllabuses once the dust settles, so stay posted.