Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 1 Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss R. O'Loughlin.

Not only is Science a subject required to continue along many career pathways, it provides all students with knowledge of the world around us and the ability to think critically about ideas and explanations for everyday events. As Technology and Science move us forward into the 21st century, the skills learned in this subject will enable students to participate and contribute to our future society in a confident and knowledgeable manner.

This course follows the requirements of Level 6 Science in the New Zealand Curriculum. In broad terms, these are the development of the understanding of the Nature of Science and the attainment of scientific facts and principles in the four contextual strands - Living World, Material World, Physical World and Planet Earth and Beyond.

Science is compulsory at Year 11.   Successfully completing this course will enable students to take senior Science courses in Year 12.

This course consists of one external and two internal standards. The standards cover aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science.

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Assessment Information

This course offers 3 standards worth a total of 16 credits.


NCEA Level 2 Biology, NCEA Level 2 Chemistry, NCEA Level 2 Physics, NCEA Level 2 Science General

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

In addition to stationery, there will be costs of approximately $24 for write-on workbooks which are provided to supplement the standards.