This course requires 2 options.
NCEA L2 Science - Pūtaiao
Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Tinker
This is a general science course with a focus on science in local contexts. It is designed to further develop scientific skills to complement other curriculum areas, possibly leading to level 2 study in science. If you would find L2 &3 sciences (chemistry, physics and biology) to be too hard at this stage, then this course may be ideal for you. Or, if you want a taster of all areas of science in one course, then it is would be suitable for you too.
The content of the course changes each year, based on the class's interests but generally includes:
- Marine farming - We will look at some aspects of farming in a marine environment (some of this topic is also covered in SMS2)
- Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes - We live in an amazing part of the world. However, we also have earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. You will look at how these geological events have shaped our country and Marlborough specifically.
- Looking at the validity of significant information that has been presented to the public: think about the misinformation from the anti-vaccination movement, for example. It is really important to be able to sort out fact from fiction
Standards to be confirmed but will be focused on Earth Science. This means that you will likely be looking at our place in the universe (how stars and planets are formed) as well as plate tectonics.
Standards to be confirmed but will be based on Marine Science - for example, Mussel Farming.
Standards to be confirmed but will be based on aspects of Geology for example Geological impacts on NZ. This involves looking at how an event directly impacted Marlborough. The 2016 quake would be a good example here,
Examination preparation - there are some externals that are taken in term 4.
Recommended Prior Learning
This course is open entry. It is important that you are interested in science - you will get the best out of the course if you do.
Assessment InformationThe assessments listed are examples of what you will study. The final assessments are chosen by the class at the tart of term 1.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 31 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 27 credits.