Science is a mandatory course to be studied in each of Years 7-10 with at least 400 hours to be completed by the end of Year 10. Syllabus documentation is available here: www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/science.html
New syllabus commencing in 2014: www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/new-nsw-k10-syllabus/
Preliminary and HSC Courses
In Years 11 and 12 students may select up to 6 units of Science to study for the HSC. The following 2 unit Science subjects are offered:
HSC syllabus details: www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/
Validation of Assessment for Learning and Individual Development (VALID)
The VALID program provides online end-of-stage assessments for the science key learning area. The assessments assist schools to monitor student achievement and inform planning, programming and assessment practice. VALID replaces the Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA). The structure and delivery of the tests is similar to ESSAonline.
For more information about VALID go to: https://education.nsw.gov.au/assessment-and-reporting/assessment/valid