The study of VCE Physics involves investigating, understanding and explaining the behaviour of physical phenomena in the Universe. Models, including mathematical models, are used to explore, simplify and predict how physical systems behave at varying scales from the very small (quantum and particle physics) through to the very large (astronomy and cosmology). Beginning with classical ideas and considering their limitations, and then being introduced to more modern explanations of the world, provides a novel lens through which students experience the world around them, drawing on their natural curiosity and wonder.

The study is made up of four units, structured under a series of curriculum-framing questions that reflect the inquiry nature of the discipline. 

  • Unit 1: How is energy useful to society? 
  • Unit 2: How does physics help us to understand the world? 
  • Unit 3: How do fields explain motion and electricity? 
  • Unit 4: How have creative ideas and investigation revolutionised thinking in physics? 

Each unit deals with specific content contained in areas of study and is designed to enable students to achieve a set of outcomes for that unit. Each outcome is described in terms of key knowledge and is complemented by a set of key science skills.