When students commence at Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) they will study Pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) Science as their group 4 subject.
Once students have completed the Pre-IB science course, a selection is made to study and Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Environment Systems and Societies (ESS).
As the Physics Higher Level (HL) course is challenging, it is recommended that students be achieving at least a B grade in Year 10 Science and Mathematics to enable them to cope with the demands of the course.
Students studying Physics HL are required to study the fundamental concepts of Physics in greater depth and complete a large volume of work, extending the core topics studied by the SL students. Options also have Higher Level components requiring students to learn more detailed aspects.
Physics HL students, as in any IB Diploma subject, are expected to show dedication, passion and commitment to extend themselves beyond what is expected of SL students.
Physics aims to enable learners to:
- Appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities
- Acquire a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
- Apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
- Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information
- Develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
- Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills including the use of current technologies
- Develop and apply 21st century communication skills in the study of science
- Become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology
- Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology
- Develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.