SCIENCE

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.

LEVEL 1

Science for Health, Environment, Chemical and Space

This Level 1 Science course covers all the strands of Science. The course includes Achievement Standards that will cover Space Science, Chemistry and Biology. Students will be assessed from internal and external standards.

The course involves practical and theoretical work and the skills of collaborative as well as independent learning are honed. Use of online resources and practical investigations are some of
the tools that assist the student, along with the existence of the Science/Maths Kahui Kaupapa where students can get individual help from Science specialists.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Higher Level study in Chemistry, Biology or Sciences at Levels 2 and 3
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Chamberlain

Science for Health, Chemical, Engineering and Biological

This Level 1 Science course covers all the strands of Science.The course includes Achievement Standards that will cover Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students will be assessed from internal and external standards.

The course involves practical and theoretical work and the skills of collaborative as well as independent learning are honed. Use of online resources and practical investigations are some of
the tools that assist the student, along with the existence of the Science/Maths Kahui Kaupapa where students can get individual help from Science specialists.

Entry Requirements: No entry requirements
Leads to: Higher Level study in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Sciences at Levels 2 and 3
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Chamberlain

Biology: Life Processes and Genetic Changes

Level 2 Biology is the study of living things and how they interact with each other and the environment. Biology develops an understanding of how life is incredibly varied, yet based on common processes.

This course includes a mixture of internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that will explore an understanding of:

  • the diverse ways in which animals and plants carry out the processes of life.
  • the structure of cells and cellular processes.
  • ecological distribution patterns and explain possible causes for these patterns.
  • the genetic code in DNA and the environment interaction in gene expression.
  • the interaction between ecological factors and natural selection and how this leads to genetic changes within populations.
  • practical investigations that include developing an understanding of the relationship between the investigation and scientific theory.

Entry Requirements: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard or at the discretion of the HOD
Leads to: Level 3 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Ms K Harding

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 Requirements: Achievement in at least one Level 1 Science external standard or at the discretion ofthe HOD
Leads to: Level 3 Chemistry
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Chamberlain

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.

  • mechanics
  • waves
  • atomic and nuclear physics
  • electricity and electromagnetism

Future pathways

  • 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 Requirements: 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

Science: Citizen Science

Students will develop the ability to evaluate scientific issues that affect them now and in the future, and to respond to them.

They will build their knowledge of science content and science processes, and practice the types of thinking, questioning, and actions needed to become informed citizens.

The focus will be around developing the science capabilities across the four learning areas within Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science). The science capabilities are: gather and interpret data; use evidence; critique evidence; interpret representations and engage with science.

Entry Requirements: Achievement in one Level 1 Science course or at the discretion of the HOD
Leads to: Further Citizen Science
Teacher in Charge: Mrs D Metz

Biology: Evolving Life

Level 3 Biology explores the nature of living things to develop an understanding of where and how life is evolving, how evolution links life processes and ecology, and the impact that humans have on all forms of life. This course examines the key biological ideas that explain the place of living things including humans in the past, present and future.

This course includes a mixture of internally and externally assessed Achievement Standards that will explore an understanding of:

  • the relationship between organisms and their environment.
  • the evolutionary processes that have resulted in the diversity of life on earth and appreciate the place and impact of humans within these processes.
  • the biological implications of human manipulations of genetic transfer.
  • the theories of human evolution.
  • the integration of biological knowledge to make judgments about the social, ethical, and biological implications to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue.

Entry Requirements: Study of Level 2 Biology or Chemistry or at the discretion of Mrs Phillips
Leads to: For those with a passion for Science or going on to careers in health‐related professions, biological and marine sciences, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishing, conservation work, regional planning and administration and tourism
Teacher in Charge: Mrs S Phillips

UE Approved

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 Requirements: 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

UE Approved

Physics

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 Requirements: 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: Ms Y Zhao

UE Approved

Further Citizen Science

For students who wish to continue the study of science and may be considering diploma courses in areas such as Veterinary Nursing and Primary Industries such as Horticulture and Viticulture.

This course will consist of internal standards from Biology and Earth & Space Science. The
credits from this course can contribute to the 60 Level 3 credits required by universities. However it will not count as an approved subject as the course consists of standards from two different subject areas.

Entry Requirements: Followed the Level 2 Citizen Science Course or other Science Courses at Level 2
Leads to: Diploma courses in areas such as Veterinary Nursing and Primary Industries such as Horticulture and Viticulture
Teacher in Charge: Mr P Chamberlain