When students commence at Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI) they will study Pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) Science as their group 4 subject.
This Science course is designed to enable all students to acquire prerequisite skills, methodologies and understandings for any of the IB Diploma Sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Environmental Systems and Societies. This course adopts an inquiry based approach to learning utilising innate student curiosity. The Nature of Science, International Mindedness and Theory of Knowledge, as they apply to the IB Diploma courses, are also integrated into this Science course. Key ideas of Science from the Australian Curriculum are also incorporated.
By the end of this Science course, students analyse how the periodic table organises elements and use it to make predictions about the properties of elements. They explain how chemical reactions are used to produce particular products and how different factors influence the rate of reactions. They explain the concept of energy conservation and represent energy transfer and transformation within systems. They apply relationships between force, mass and acceleration to predict changes in the motion of objects. Students describe and analyse interactions and cycles within and between Earth’s spheres. They evaluate the evidence for scientific theories that explain the diversity of life on Earth. They explain the processes that underpin heredity and evolution. Students analyse how and why the models and theories they use have developed over time.
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).