Centre for Continuing Education

HSC Chemistry Preparation Course (Part 4) (September)

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 Module 8 – Applying Chemical Ideas. There is a focus on those cognitive skills needed to access and apply chemical knowledge in an HSC assessment context. 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 4-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC Chemistry Preparation (Part 1) (January), HSC Chemistry Preparation (Part 2) (April) and HSC Chemistry Preparation (Part 3) (July). Students do not need to attend all four parts in order to benefit. The series is supplemented by the HSC Chemistry Exam Preparation Course (September) to prepare for end of year exams.


Upon 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
  • analyse experimental methods and comment meaningfully on validity, reliability and accuracy
  • analyse, process and apply quantitative chemical data to solve problems.


All three subtopics within Module 8 Applying Chemical Ideas will be covered:

  • Analysis of Inorganic Substances
  • Analysis of Organic Substances
  • Chemical Synthesis and Design

Relevant Skills will also be covered.

Intended Audience

Year 11 and Year 12 students wishing to undertake additional study for Module 8 of the new HSC Biology syllabus (2017).

Delivery Style

Delivered as a two-day activity-based workshop where students explore and apply chemistry knowledge and skills in a combination of lectures, tutorials and problem-solving sessions while receiving immediate feedback.


Students will receive:

  • course notes including theory and worked examples from the relevant topics
  • solutions to all questions in the course notes
  • relevant HSC questions from recent years with sample answers provided.

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.


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