The Biology department at the College has four dedicated Biology labs with a computer microscope lab and a mini specimen museum. Terrariums, aquariums and the live reptile exhibits enhance the learning environment and bring the subject to life. The dedicated staff are inspiring and creative in their approach and deliver the HSC course in a way that makes it fun to learn. Several excursions are undertaken to sites of significant biological and ecological interest around Sydney and its surrounds.
Chemistry is taught within the Foundation Science Centre where there are 4 dedicated Chemistry laboratories. Mini- labs between each of these main laboratories allow for flexible teaching practices including the long term experiments to be carried out or tuition in smaller groups. Two preparation laboratories provide excellent, safe storage of chemicals and equipment and fume cupboards in each laboratory make for a safe work place. An experienced and successful team of teachers deliver the HSC Chemistry course in an interesting and innovative way.
The course provides students with a contemporary understanding of the physical and chemical properties of substances and their interactions.
Earth & Environmental Science
Earth & Environmental Science is a growing area of interest for students and this is certainly the case at Barker College. With two dedicated laboratories and an amazing mineral collection, the subject is brought to life by a creative and enthusiastic team of teachers. The school has a rich tradition of producing many students who have gone on to study Geology and this is now being complemented by the more recent emphasis on the environment. Several excursions are included as part of this course and provide an excellent experience for students.
The Preliminary course incorporates the study of the formation of the Earth and the evolution of its atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere; the physical and chemical features of the environment; Australia as an island continent with a wide range of climates; the use of water as a chemical essential for life on Earth and its importance in the maintenance of Australian biomes; and the interplay of processes which shape the Earth’s surface such as weathering and erosion, volcanism and earthquake activity, and plate tectonics. The HSC course examines the geological, physical and chemical evidence related to the evolution of Australia over time and pressures on the Australian environment and the indicators of environmental ill-health
Physics is taught in 4 well resourced laboratories that include the latest in digital data collecting sensors. An experienced and enthusiastic Physics staff, ensure that the excellent reputation of excellent HSC results in this subject continues.
The Preliminary course incorporates the study of kinematics and dynamics; the properties of waves; electrical energy, electric and magnetic fields, generators, superconductors and transformers; and the interaction between energy and matter that brought about the formation of the Earth. The HSC examines the effects of gravitational fields, momentum, projectile and circular motion and the development of our understanding of the macro and atomic world throughout the Twentieth Century.