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Explore the potential for life in the universe and the most recent scientific discoveries within this area. 

Students journey through the Universe where they explore the phenomenon of black holes, quasars, dark matter and dark energy. We discuss how stars, the solar system and other objects are formed and link this to the likelihood of life existing on these objects.

Learning Outcomes

Students will explore the latest understanding of what life is and what it needs to survive. 

The future of space travel, the search for intelligent life, the types of civilisations and Artificial Intelligence are also explored throughout this course. Upon completion, students will develop a rich understanding of the science behind the question of “Are we alone?”
Throughout this course students will:

  • Use technology to present a pitch to a panel of experts on a space mission of their own design;
  • Work in teams or individually to develop a written proposal on a space mission of their choosing;
  • Show an understanding of how stars form and make links between a star’s properties and the chance for life to exist around the star;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an exoplanet and communicate this understanding to a wider audience in a novel format;
  • Explore the difficulties of communicating with intelligent life by developing their own strategy to communicate with the class through pictionary;
  • Consider the difficulties associated with space travel and develop schematics for their own craft used in their mission proposal.


Students will be required to complete on average 1 hour of homework per week for the duration of this course.


For successful completion of this unit students will be required to submit the following tasks:  

  • Stellar evolution assignment; 
  • Exoplanet poster; 
  • Communicating with aliens drawing; 
  • Mission proposal; 
  • Elevator pitch
  • Text Hover


The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics

In this course, students will explore the world of fractals, multiple dimensions, irrational numbers and their relationship with the natural world, the mathematics of paper folding and topology, the nature of mathematics itself, as well as the complexities of infinity.

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience

Brainstorm: Big Ideas in Neuroscience will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this, using a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.


Bioinformatics explores how we use technology to understand DNA and genetic codes. Students will examine the structure and function of the cell, DNA and proteins, the development and uses of genetic technology.

Earth Science

Learn about the way Earth Science affects our everyday lives, including exploring concepts connected to meteorology, hydrology, seismology and geology, and their application to real-world data, problems and predictions.


Nanotechnology is the study of the world at a scale that is larger than the atom but smaller than a bacteria. In this course, students will engage in a range of activities to gain an understanding of the nano-scale and establish the difference between bulk properties and nano scale properties.