Year 13 Science

Course Code: 
13Sci
Year Level: 
Year 13
NCEA Level: 
3
Learning Area: 

Department / Subject Area:

This course is designed for students from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in environmental studies and Science and want to gain entry into tertiary studies but do not want to specialise in Chemistry or Physics. It complements any programme of study and recognises the value of all students gaining some advanced science knowledge. Students explore the dynamic relationships which exist within our planet’s land, ocean and atmosphere systems as well as the Solar System. In particular we study New Zealand’s geology and the social consequences of human activities. Earth scientists have careers in resource and environmental management, sustainable mining, environmental management, mining, conservation, geology, marine and climate science.

Prerequisites: 14 credits from any Level 2 Science Achievement Standards. Students without this qualification may apply to the HoLA, Ms Mora, for consideration.  

Level 3 Science is a full year course, of five topics, that works towards gaining 20 Level Three NCEA credits. 

Level 3 Science Course Information 2015

Topics and Assessment (in approximate order covered)

Topic

Achievement Standard No.

Description

Literacy

Numeracy

Credits

Assessment

Date

Life on an Exoplanet

91415v1 (ESS3.6)

Internal

Investigate an aspect of astronomy

Y

 

4

Term 1 Week 7

Stream Study

91410v1 (ESS3.1)

Internal

Carry out an independent practical Earth and Space Science investigation

Y

Y

4

Term 2 Week 5

Movement of the Alpine Fault

91412v1 (ESS3.3)

Internal

Investigate the evidence relating to dating geological event(s)

Y

 

4

Term 2 Week 10

Ocean Acidification

91411v1 (ESS3.2)

Internal

Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context

Y

 

4

Term 3 Week 5

Oceans

91413v1 (ESS3.4)

External

Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system

Y

 

4

Term 4 Week 2

The Science Learning Area website provides an online learning environment students can use to revise their work and to prepare for future learning. They will be able to complete quizzes, contribute to forums, access resources and receive important notices.  The site is accessed by going to http://tinyurl.com/LCSciencePage.