The State’s top science students will be challenged to achieve at even higher levels with a new course in the 2019 Higher School Certificate intended to foster future scientists and researchers.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes formally launched the new course, HSC Science Extension, at Sydney Girls High School today.
“We want to be able to provide our next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills they need to lead modern scientific research,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This new course will inspire and challenge some of our best students and prepare them for the many future jobs that we know will need high-level STEM expertise.”
The focus of the new course is a scientific research project that each student may undertake in association with Australian and international researchers, universities and research institutions. Projects could also involve partnering with industry to pursue a research idea that has commercial application.
HSC Science Extension will enable HSC students for the first time to study seven units of science from 2019, allowing keen science students to take on Physics, Biology, Chemistry and the new Science Extension course.
“Never before has our education system offered a science course like this that will help make a link between school science and tertiary studies,” Mr Stokes said.
“It’s a cross-disciplinary course that will engage our top young science students to really challenge themselves.”
“In keeping with the technology focus of the course, the students will be examined with a computer-based exam at the end of their studies,” he said.
The new HSC Science Extension course means students seeking a career in the STEM fields can be challenged in the same way as advanced English, Mathematics and History students who have the option of undertaking extension courses.
The first students to undertake the HSC Science Extension course will begin the program on Monday 15 October.