Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Health Education

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs E. Davison.

Recommended Prior Learning

While there is no prior learning required for this course, if you are a student who is interested in developing a deeper understanding for real-life issues, investigating topics of concern within society and who wants to be more informed about how to make a difference then this course could be for you!

We offer a balance of conversational and interactive activities whilst being a literacy rich course that can develop your critical thinking, problem solving abilities and exposure to new perspectives, ideas and information.

Level Two Health allows students the opportunity to examine and discover knowledge about several aspects of Health and the effects that these have on individuals and wider society.

The course has a focus around the health and wellness of everyday New Zealanders, with particular emphasis on societal trends and current issues of concern.

Health Education is based around these four Key Health Concepts which underpin all levels of the Health Curriculum, and are embedded within all of the topics that we cover in this Senior Health course. 

Year 12 Health students explore the Key Health Concepts as well as a range of issues and trends through the following units:

Working in groups to design, create and carry out your own Health Promotion Campaign to enhance an aspect of wellbeing of a group of people in the school or local community. 


Discover the value and importance of being Resilient through examining the factors that influence people’s ability to manage stressful times and changes, and why some people are able to cope more than others.


Focus on people their own age, and become an expert on current issues and trends in relation to health issues that affect young people such as Gender and Sexuality. 

Learn about concepts such as power relationships, stereotypes and discrimination in New Zealand and overseas. Then apply how those relationships affect various people’s health and wellbeing.

Learning Areas:

Health and Physical Education


NCEA Level 3 Health Education, NCEA Level 3 Physical Education, NCEA Level 3 Sports Leadership and Performance, NCEA Multi-Level Outdoor Pursuits

Health Promoter
Health Researcher
Health Policy Analyst
Health Navigator
Health Information Technology
Health Sector Roles (Psychology, Counselling, Wellbeing, Medical professions)

Career Pathways

Acupuncturist, Personal Trainer/Exercise Professional, Registered Nurse, Paramedic, Beauty Therapist, Midwife, Podiatrist, Dental Technician, Dentist, Dietitian, Early Childhood Teacher, Human Resources Adviser, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Health Services Manager, Health Care Assistant, Nanny/Child Carer, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Teacher Aide, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Workbooks $10.00.