Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science (ATAR)

Students integrate knowledge, concepts, models and methods drawn from geology, biology, physics and chemistry in the study of Earth’s ancient and modern environments. Earth and environmental scientists strive to understand past and present processes so that reliable and scientifically-defensible predictions can be made about the future.

In the Earth and Environmental Science ATAR course, students develop their investigative, analytical and communication skills. They can apply these to their understanding of science issues in order to engage in public debate, solve problems and make evidence-based decisions about contemporary issues.


Minimum B Grade in Pathway 1 or 2 in Year 10 Science.


The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration, which are typically delivered as a pair. The notional time for each unit is 55 class contact hours.

Unit 1 – Earth Systems

In this unit, students examine the evidence underpinning theories of the development of the Earth systems, their interactions and their components.

Unit 2 – Earth Processes

In this unit, students investigate how Earth processes involve interactions of Earth systems that are interrelated through transfers and transformations of matter and energy.