Sciences



SCIENCE

NCEA LEVEL 1

SCI101


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Average of Level 5 in Year 10 Science

ASSESSMENT: Level 1 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $20
TOTAL CREDITS: 9 Internal 12 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will develop their understanding of scientific concepts within the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. This course contains internal and external credits and students would be expected to attempt at least two external standards. This course is essential for those interested in pursuing the separate science disciplines in Year 12 and 13.




SCIENCE

NCEA LEVEL 1

SCI102


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Nil
ASSESSMENT: Level 1 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: Nil
TOTAL CREDITS: 20 Internal

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course covers similar topics to Science 101 but with all assessment carried out internally throughout the year. Student will study the properties and behaviour of metals and heat, and relate these to everyday contexts. We will also study astronomical cycles and their effects on Earth. Students will also develop their practical investigation and inquiry skills whilst attempting 20 NCEA Level 1 credits from the following standards.



SCIENCE

NCEA LEVEL 2

SCI202


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Nil
ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: Nil
TOTAL CREDITS: 18 - 21 Internal

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Standards selected from this course covers aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science.

This course will build an understanding of science and help students improve their expression of scientific ideas. Students will be able to apply science ideas to everyday life. This course is suitable for students wishing to attend polytechnic or gain vocational qualifications.



SCIENCE

NCEA LEVEL 3

SCI302


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 12 credits in science at NCEA level 2 plus NCEA L1

ASSESSMENT: Level 3 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: Nil
TOTAL CREDITS: 16 Internal

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is a progression from SCI202 and will provide students with a wide variety of science knowledge and skills. Students will study science through engaging contexts that are relatable to everyday situations. This course is suitable for students wishing to attend polytechnic or gain vocational qualifications.


BIOLOGY

NCEA LEVEL 2

BIO201


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 10 Credits from SCI101 including AS90948

ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $20 course manual
TOTAL CREDITS: 10 Internal 12 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will build on the biological content covered in Science 101. It will develop a greater understanding of the processes happening at a cellular level and how these lead to genetic variation within a population. This course is essential for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of biology.



BIOLOGY

NCEA LEVEL 3

BIO301


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 12 Credits in Level 2 Biology Including 3 external credits

ASSESSMENT: Level 3 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $20 field trips; $25 course manual - (both compulsory)

TOTAL CREDITS: 10 Internal 9 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course builds on biological knowledge and skills and is essential for further study or employment in a biological field. The focus is on evolution and how animals and plants function and respond to their surroundings. Experiments, research and field work are incorporated into this course. Five of the six standards shown will be assessed.



CHEMISTRY

NCEA LEVEL 2

CHE201


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:10 Credits from SCI101 including AS90944

ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $25 course manual
TOTAL CREDITS: 13 Internal 13 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will use equipment that looks like real Science – expensive, big glassware and chemicals that fizz and change colour. The names of the elements and the structure of the atom are the basic foundations for Chemistry. Students will revise and build on their experience of these in Years 10 and 11. Using experiments and book work, they will learn how to identify what chemicals are in a watery-looking solution, how strong they are and how they react with other chemicals.



CHEMISTRY

NCEA LEVEL 3

CHE301


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 10 Credits in Level 2 Chemistry

ASSESSMENT: Level 3 Achievement Standards
COURSE COST: $25 course manual
TOTAL CREDITS: 6 Internal 15 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will build on knowledge gained in Level 2 Chemistry. Students will be exposed to a greater range of chemical groups and improve their analytical techniques, leading to a deeper understanding of the atomic and molecular world.



PHYSICS

NCEA LEVEL 2

PHY201


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 10 Credits in SCI101 including AS90940

ASSESSMENT: Level 2 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $25 course manual
TOTAL CREDITS: 10 Internal 16 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will learn to understand the world of electricity and light. Mechanics will be studies – the motion of vehicles, pendulums and throwing rocks. Mathematics will be used to make predictions and solve problems in each of these topics. Students will develop their practical skills to investigate each topic.


PHYSICS

NCEA LEVEL 3

PHY301


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 10 Credits in PHY201 Including 4 credits at externals

ASSESSMENT: Level 3 Achievement Standards

COURSE COST: $25 course manual (compulsory)

TOTAL CREDITS: 10 Internal 16 External


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course builds on the Physics knowledge and skills from Level 2. Students will study waves and mechanics, with an emphasis on electrical systems and electromagnetism. Strong mathematic al skills will help achieve higher Grades. The Internal Achievement Standard is a practical examination where students can demonstrate their ability in the analysis of experimental results.