Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Watson.

Recommended Prior Learning

To succeed in Level 3 Physics requires a solid understanding of the concepts covered in Level 2 Physics. 

The expectation is students passing both externals in Level 2 Physics:

This Physics course is based on the NCEA Level 3 Physics Achievement Standards and Level 8 of the New Zealand Curriculum. The syllabus builds on the knowledge gained in Physics at Level 2. Therefore good theoretical knowledge is required from Level 2 Physics in order to gain the most from the Level 3 course.

The content of this course aims to give students the understanding in order to successfully go on to study at a tertiary level. Level 3 Physics is required or recommended for many areas of further study such as medicine, engineering, aviation and architecture.

Students selecting Level 3 Physics will be given the choice of being in a class doing more internal credits or more external credits - both courses offer 19 Credits in total. Students will be given more information about these options in Term 4 and we will endeavour to place students into their preferred option.

You may also decide to sit the Scholarship paper. Your teacher will be able to advise you about this. 

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Registered Nurse, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Software Developer, Medical Physicist, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Biotechnologist, Naval Architect, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Physician, Surgeon, Science Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Dentist, Medical Imaging Technologist, Diagnostic Radiologist, General Practitioner, Environmental Scientist, Electrical Engineering Technician, Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Marine Engineer, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiation Therapist, Radiation Oncologist, Secondary School Teacher, Test Analyst, Network Administrator

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A workbook with a cost of approximately $30.