Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural world, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas by gathering evidence. This includes making observations, carrying out investigations, modelling, communicating and debating with others in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding and explanations.
Career choices – why choose Science at Level 1 or Sciences at Level 2 or 3?
Sciences are recommended subjects for many careers you may not expect e.g. armed forces, police, and many more! Physics, Chemistry and Biology are APPROVED SUBJECTS for all University Entrance qualifications.
There is also always a demand for Scientists in New Zealand, Australia, and across the world. Here are some possible careers - ecologist, environmental scientist, environmental engineer, pharmacist, medical laboratory scientist, exploration geologist, emergency and critical care vet, biochemist, botanist, exercise physiologist, food safety chemist, doctor, nurse, radiographer, geneticist, astronomer, animal scientist, microbiologist, physiotherapist, dentist, midwife.
Seven of "the 20 top jobs New Zealanders should be studying for" are science jobs.
Science is about understanding the world around us. Students learn to carry out investigations, research ideas and use their knowledge to solve problems.
Biology is about living things and how they interact with each other and the environment.
Chemistry involves the study of matter and the changes it undergoes and understanding the composition and properties of atoms and molecules.
Physics provides explanations for a wide range of ideas, including light, sound, heat, electricity, waves, forces and motion, united by the concept of energy that cannot be created or destroyed.
Biology: Life Processes and Genetic Variation
Biology is the study of living things, how they interact with other living things and the environment. Biology develops an understanding of how life is incredibly varied yet based on common processes. Studying Biology can lead to a huge variety of careers, from Health and Sports Sciences to Environmental and Marine Sciences through to Vet Nursing, Massage Therapy and Nutrition. This course provides a pathway to course endorsements through both internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that explore how plants and animals are adapted to their environment, carry out their life processes, and change at a genetic level over time. We also look at ecological distribution patterns at the rocky shore and the reasons for these patterns. Finally, we develop experimental design skills to investigate osmotic processes in model cells which leads to osmoregulation in Level 3 Biology.
Entry Guidelines: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external, preferably genetic variation, or at the discretion of the HOD
Leads to: Level 3 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Miss A Roberts
Chemistry: Structure of the Universe
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. Chemistry develops the understanding of the composition and properties of matter, the changes it undergoes, and the energy involved to make sense of the world around them.
This course includes a mixture of internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that will explore the understanding of:
- Bonding, structure, properties and energy changes
- Properties of selected organic compounds
- Chemical reactivity
- Equilibrium principals
- The nature and properties of acids and bases
- Oxidation and reduction reactions
- Practical investigations into substances present in a consumer product using quantitative analysis
Entry Guidelines: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard or at the discretion of the HOD
Leads to: Level 3 Chemistry
Teacher in Charge: Mrs M Goodson
Physics: The Forces of the Universe
This Level 2 Physics course looks at the interactions between matter and energy and develops an understanding of the laws that govern force and motion, matter and energy, and space and time.
- atomic and nuclear physics
- electricity and electromagnetism
- essential for students wishing to pursue a career in engineering
- required by some architecture courses
- highly recommended for entry into health sciences for a career in medicine/dentistry and physiotherapy
Entry Guidelines: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard and Mathematics external or at the discretion of the HOD
Leads to: Level 3 Physics
Teacher in Charge: Ms Y Zhao
Biology: Ecology and the Formation of New Species
Biology is the study of living things, how they interact with other living things and the environment and how they change over time. Studying Biology can lead to a huge variety of careers, from Health and Sports Sciences to Environmental and Marine Sciences through to Vet Nursing, Massage Therapy and Nutrition. Biology in Level 3 explores the adaptive advantage of animal behaviours and plant responses to maximise reproductive success: from mating behaviours and why animals migrate to why plants grow the way they do. We also look into why there is so much diversity in living things and how new species form. We use advanced experimental design to investigate distribution patterns or the effect of environmental factors on the life processes of organisms; past studies have looked at nest distribution patterns of Gannets at the Plateau colony at Cape Kidnappers and Crab distribution patterns at Ahuriri Estuary. We also research a socio-scientific issue, learning how to form an opinion based on evidence. This course provides a pathway for course endorsements, University Entrance and both numeracy and literacy credits.
Entry Guidelines: Achievement in at least one Level 2 Biology external, preferably genetic variation, or at the discretion of the HOD
Teacher in Charge: Miss A Roberts
Chemistry: Building Blocks of Our World
Chemistry is about understanding the properties of different substances and how these substances can change. Chemistry allows us to predict how substances may alter when the surrounding conditions change, or how they may react to form new substances, and to explain why this happens.
Chemistry goes on continuously, all around us: in plants that make food using the air and in animals that digest this food, in the burning of fuel and rusting of cars, in the formation of snow and ice, in the industries that supply us with all our household products, and in the many biological processes that maintain the living world.
Students will relate properties of matter to structure and bonding, develop an understanding of and use the fundamental concepts of Chemistry including equilibrium and thermochemical principles to interpret observations.
They will investigate the chemical and physical properties of a range of groups of substances, including acids and bases, oxidants and reductants, and selected organic and inorganic compounds.
Entry Guidelines: Achievement in two Level 2 Chemistry external standards or at the discretion of the HOD
Leads to: Health sciences, nursing, veterinary science, biochemistry, marine science, geology, food science, engineering and pharmacy
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Chamberlain
This Level 3 course builds on the areas of study at Level 2. Most of the available credits are from the external standards.
The main areas of study are:
- wave systems
- electrical systems
- mechanical systems
- an understanding of Modern Physics
Entry Guidelines: Study of Level 2 Physics
Leads to: Entry requirement for engineering and some architecture courses, recommended for first year health science and biomedical science
Teacher in Charge: Mrs Y Zhao