NCEA Level 1 Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs R. Blair

Developing Scientific skills is crucial to thriving in a changing world. Many of the major challenges that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective. 

In this Science course, you will study Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Space standards; building on the knowledge you have gained in the last two years. 

In all of the standards studied, you will develop practical skills, and the internal assessments you complete will be based on practical experiments.

Topics include Mechanics, Genetics, Chemical reactions, Heat, and Astronomy.  

What will I learn in Level 1 Science?

You will; 

  • Investigate how different factors affect the rate of chemical reactions

  • Study different chemical reactions

  •  Perform a practical investigation that demonstrates an understanding of physics or biological ideas 

  •  Explore how genes control the inheritance of characteristics

  •  Be able to explain the causes of genetic variation 

  • Understand  Earth in space

  • Mechanics in Physics

This course is a required pathway to the senior sciences in years 12 and 13.




NCEA Level 2 Biology, NCEA Level 2 Chemistry, NCEA Level 2 Physics, NCEA Level 2 Science - Practical

Agriculture, Horticulture, Trades: plumber, electrician, builder, painter, mechanic, engineer, beautician, hairdresser, Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences Environmental Sciences, Food Science, Sports science, and Technology

General Sciences, Life Sciences, Materials Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Geography, Physics, and Sports Science

Computer Science, Computing, IT, and multimedia software

Complementary Health, Counselling, Dentistry, Health Studies, Health and Safety, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Nutrition and Health, Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Public Health

Agriculture, Farm Management, Horticulture, Plant and Crop Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Stationery Requirements: Calculator, 3 x 1B5.


Standards shown on courses are only an indication and not all may be offered at the time of study.