AGH100

NCEA L1 Agriculture and Horticulture

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss R. Kane

This is a foundation course if you are interested in primary production. During the course you will learn topics such as:

  • Agriculture/Horticulture production and its impact 
  • Practical skills 
  • Soil management 

 The course will cover the ways life processes and growing environments affect end products of primary production as well as appreciate that management practices have impacts on the environment and the wider community.

Students will learn about career options in the Primary Industries and the skills and pathways that are required for these jobs. 


You will also will learn practical skills in soil cultivation, seed germination, wire tying, and using a sprayer. 

Course Overview

Semester A
The course contains both Unit Standards and Achievement Standards. Students will look at soil structure and soil management practices to ensure we can grow our crops and livestock to maintain healthy sustainable soil. They will learn about the soil structure and management practices such as cultivation, crop rotation, adding compost etc that are carried out to produce crops or feed. This will be assessed in an external exam.

Students will use this knowledge to help them sow seeds and grow a small crop on the school grounds. Students are expected to cultivate, prepare and grow seeds in a 1.8m x 1.8m square plot. They will be required to photograph the management of their plot from preparation to harvest. They will grow seeds in rows as well as a green manure cover crop they will dig in to return nutrients to the soil.
They will also learn different skills such as wire tying that are useful in many primary industries.

Semester B
Students will continue to manage crops in their small plots.
Students will look at why we grow certain crops and produce livestock in certain regions in New Zealand. We will look at the physical and climatic differences regions have that allow us to be successful farmers, eg Dairy farming in Waikato, Crops in Canterbury, and Grapes in Marlborough. They will also look at labour and marketing factors and how these also influence how and where they are grown.
Students will also look at how primary industries can affect the soil, air, water and living organisms and how those affects are managed. All industries have inputs and outputs. We will look at how different industries manage these and the issues that can occur if they are not managed. We will also look at how industries have managed their wastes and improved their environmental footprint.
They will continue to build on their skills used within primary industries such as using a sprayer, wire tying or growing plants.

Recommended Prior Learning

No prior knowledge is required but an interest in primary industries is recommended.


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students will need a 1B5 book

Pathway

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 19137 v3
NZQA Info
Describe the opportunities, advantages, and disadvantages of primary industry employment
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 2
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90157 v4
NZQA Info
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.2 - Demonstrate practical skills used in agricultural or horticultural production
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90160 v5
NZQA Info
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.5 - Demonstrate knowledge of the impact on the environment of primary production management practices
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90919 v3
NZQA Info
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.3 - Demonstrate knowledge of soil management practices
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90920 v2
NZQA Info
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.4 - Demonstrate knowledge of the geographic distribution of agricultural and horticultural primary production in New Zealand
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 16
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 10
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0