Level 1 Science - General

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Eyre

Recommended Prior Learning

Successful completion of the Year 9 and 10 Science courses, to at least an overall Achieved standard, or by teacher recommendation. 

This course develops the fundamental concepts taught in Year 9 and 10 Science.  Students will explore the fundamental concepts of Science that will prepare them for further study in any and all strands of Science at Level Two. This includes Genetics, Forces and Motion, Atomic Chemistry and Acid+Base reactions.

Students will experience a wide variety of learning opportunities involving scientific knowledge and application, thinking skills, literacy and numeracy skills, research techniques, experimental design, problem solving and practical skills.  Credits will be earned through a mixture of practical internal assessments, and external exams.

Level 1 Science - General provides essential background knowledge and skills for successful study in NCEA Level 2 Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. To progress on to these Level 2 courses, students need to succeed in the relevant external exam. Studies in Science are essential for students considering careers in the following areas: sciences, engineering, technology, medical and health sciences, architecture and landscape design, environment, farming, computing and electronics, communication, aviation and many others.

Alternatively, this course could be trialing the new Level One Science standards being developed for full implementation in 2023.  These four standards are each worth five credits, and are:

1.1 (Internal) Demonstrate understanding of the application of scientific investigative approaches

1.2 (Internal) Use science reasoning and methods to engage with a local socio-scientific issue

1.3 (External) Demonstrate understanding of how scientific ideas and processes develop and evolve

1.4 (External) Apply science thinking to scientific claims and how they are communicated

More information about these standards is available at https://ncea.education.govt.nz/science/science?view=learning and confirmation which course structure will be followed will be confirmed before the start of 2022. Students are able to opt for 11SCM on the basis of either course structure, and then change their mind later if the final course doesn't meet their learning needs.



Assessment Policy & Procedures

Level 2 Biology, Level 2 Biology - Extended, Level 2 Chemistry, Level 2 Chemistry - Extended, Level 2 Earth and Space Science, Level 2 Physics, Level 2 Physics - Extended

Career Pathways

Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Veterinary Nurse, Zoologist, Chemist, Microbiologist, Brewer, Mechanical Engineer, Meteorologist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Electrician, Environmental Engineer, Ranger, Food Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Intelligence Officer