Science Learning Area 

The Western Australian Curriculum ensures that Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society and its applications in our lives.  

The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate in science-related careers if they choose. It includes six overarching ideas that highlight common approaches to a scientific view of the world and which can be applied to many of the areas of science understanding. These overarching ideas are patterns, order and organisation; form and function; stability and change; systems; scale and measurement; and matter and energy. 


At Cape Naturaliste College, the Science Learning Area programs integrate the latest evidence-based approaches to Science education to ensure the themes and content of the WA Science Curriculum are met; not only to provide students with a strong academic base to take into Upper School but also to investigate and understand science in the real world which they are part of. We integrate STEM-focused activities throughout our programs as we believe the Science aspects of STEM cannot be taught separately from the technological, engineering and mathematics based skills and knowledge that students need to access the increasingly complex role of science and technology in our lives. 

The Science programs we offer in Year 7-12 promote awareness of our place in, and impact on, the environment and society. Concepts of human diversity, sustainability and conservation are presented as challenging aspects of Science.

The core curriculum strands in Years 7-10 are Biological Science, Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science. Investigations and open-ended tasks (Scientific Inquiry) and the social impact of science discoveries (Science as Human Endeavour) are embedded in these content strands. These are developed sequentially from Years 7 to 10, ensuring each subject is covered in-depth to develop a high level of understanding in preparation for Upper School Science. 


In Upper School, we offer ATAR Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics which provide students with options to study the core science subjects needed for University entry, and provide a comprehensive base for many science and technology-focused careers. A general course in Psychology is also offered for students who are interested in vocational and trades-based directions after Year 12. 


Our Science teachers recognise that all students have specific characteristics and unique needs, and our programs are designed to address each individual student to encourage them to reach their full potential. Science teachers and Learning Support staff ensure that programs are tailored to engage and challenge students from diverse backgrounds with a range of achievement potential. 

Support for low literacy students and those with learning difficulties is embedded in our programs which are engaging and accessible for all students. High achieving students and those with a keen interest in Science are catered for with a range of extension opportunities throughout the school year. In 2019 our state-of-the art Science Building was opened with dedicated science laboratories and work areas, enabling us to provide students with extensive practical experience in Science and the benefits of the latest education-focused ICT resources.  


We organize regular excursions to University outreach activities in Bunbury and Perth which give students a unique insight in to Science careers and directions after school. We regularly host visiting researches and professionals including rural medical students and SciTech workshops.  We participate in the annual Science Engineering Challenge as an extension activity in Year 10 and we have a unique relationship with the Busselton Health Study which provides invaluable opportunities for Year 11 students to explore health and medical research in our own region


Our Science staff and Laboratory Technicians come from a range of science backgrounds including food science, nursing and healthcare, environmental management and veterinary science, so we are able to relate our programs to real world careers and opportunities. We regularly participate in professional development to ensure we are able to bring the latest, most effective resources and teaching strategies into our classrooms.