Centre for Continuing Education

HSC Chemistry Preparation Course (Part 1) (January)

HSC Chemistry. The smart way to prepare for your HSC.

Prepare for HSC Chemistry the smart way with HSC Chemistry preparation courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

This course provides consolidation of the key content and skills from the Production of Materials module. There is a focus on those cognitive skills needed to access and apply chemical knowledge in an HSC assessment context and the higher order thinking needed to push student achievement into Band 6. The workshops are activity based whereby students explore and apply chemical knowledge and skills using a combination of lectures, tutorials and problem-solving sessions with immediate feedback from teachers. In short, this course is designed to review key concepts and skills with a view to maximising results in a variety of chemistry assessment tasks.

This course is part of a 3-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC Chemistry Preparation Course (Part 2) and HSC Chemistry Preparation Course (Part 3). Students do not need to attend all three parts in order to benefit. The series is supplemented by HSC Chemistry Exam Preparation Course to prepare for end of year exams.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Answer a range of questions covering the content, concepts and skills in the module.
  • Critically evaluate their own and others' answers to improve the quality of responses to assessment tasks.
  • Identify the relationships between key concepts in the module.
  • Apply strategies for problem solving to improve the quality and accuracy of responses to assessment tasks.
  • Critically analyse experimental methods and comment meaningfully on validity, reliability and accuracy.
  • Analyse, process and apply quantitative chemical data to solve problems.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

All five subtopics within the 9.2 Production of Materials Module will be covered:

  • 9.2.1 Fossil fuels provide both energy and raw materials such as ethylene, for the production of other substances.
  • 9.2.2 Some scientists research the extraction of materials from biomass to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
  • 9.2.3 Other resources, such as ethanol, are readily available from renewable resources such as plants.
  • 9.2.4 Oxidation-reduction reactions are increasingly important as a source of energy.
  • 9.2.5 Nuclear chemistry provides a range of materials.

Relevant Skills from the 9.1 Module will also be covered.

Intended Audience

Only current Year 12 students should attend this course in 2018. Changes to the Year 12 syllabus will be introduced in 2019. This course content is therefore not suitable for current Years 10 – 11 students.

Years 10-11 students should enrol in Year 11 Chemistry Preparation Course (New Syllabus).

Delivery Style

This HSC Chemistry course is delivered as activity-based workshops where students explore and apply chemistry knowledge and skills in a combination of lectures, tutorials and problem-solving sessions while receiving immediate feedback.


  • A Course Booklet covering all syllabus dot points for this module, including example practical methods and results.
  • Answers to all questions in the Course Booklet.
  • HSC Questions from recent years on the relevant module.
  • HSC Sample Answers from recent years on the relevant module.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide

While you progress through this journey and also the conclusion of your schooling life, we know you’ll have a lot on your mind – exams, future study, careers – but remember, while keeping focused on these bigger goals and aspirations, it’s also important not to forget your own health and well-being.

For tips on staying motivated and keeping focused, dealing with anxiety, keeping healthy, relaxation, pre-study exercise and more, read our article Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Tutor was very intellectual and experienced and really allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of Module 1 and what the HSC markers are looking for.

  • The course was funny, gave wisdom, confidence boosting and was also empowering. It was really enjoyable and will open doors.

What others say.

  • The course was funny, gave wisdom, confidence boosting and was also empowering. It was really enjoyable and will open doors.