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. You will be placed into one of the following groups dependent on your achievement in Year 10 topic tests and examination (alongside consultation with your Year 10 teacher):
11SCIA - Year 11 Applied Science
This is a fully internally assessed course and there is a focus on practical skills and applications. It currently has standards covering electricity, metal usage, chemical reactions, astronomical cycles and a biological practical investigation. Success in Applied Science will give students the option to enter Level 1 General Science or Level 2 General Science in the following year.
11SCIG - Year 11 General Science
This course comprises of three external and two internal standards. The course currently has standards covering genetic variation (Biology), acids and bases and chemical reactions (Chemistry), mechanics (Physics) and a biological practical investigation. Successful completion of the General Science course will give students pre-requisite knowledge to advance through to Level 2 Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
11SCIE - Year 11 Extension Science
This course comprises of three external and two internal standards. The course currently has standards covering genetic variation (Biology), chemical reactions (Chemistry), mechanics and radioactivity (Physics) and a biological practical investigation. Successful completion of the Extension Science course will give students pre-requisite knowledge to advance through to Level 2 Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
If a student is considering a career that involves Science, then they should be aiming to do well in Year 10 Science to be placed in the Extension or General Science courses. If students are unsure of their pathway then they should discuss options with their Science teacher or come see Miss O'Loughlin in I9C.
The course outline depends on which of the courses, extension, general or applied, the student is placed in.
General and Extension courses: In addition to stationery, there will be costs of approximately $25 for write-on workbooks which are provided to supplement the externally assessed standards.
The extension course may also have a field-trip with a cost of approximately $15.