NCEA Level 2 Chemistry

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs R. Blair

Recommended Prior Learning

11 Science ; gaining 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science including 4 credits from a science external.

Chemistry affects our daily life and enables us to enjoy the standard of living we have.  Chemistry explains how things work.  The level 2 Chemistry course aims to provide a solid foundation of skills and concepts on which to base further studies in Chemistry. 

What will I do in Level 2 Chemistry? 

You will develop your skills of observation in a chemical context, learning to link observations to chemical species. You will learn to work with accuracy and precision when analyzing chemical substances. Practical work will be supported by chemical equations and calculations. The Internal assessments in Level 2 Chemistry will develop practical skills and be supported by chemical equations and calculations. 

What will I learn in Level 2 Chemistry? 

Level 2 Chemistry is

  1. Understanding how atoms in molecules are held together and how this determines the properties of the molecules.

  2. Understanding the factors that influence rates of reaction, equilibrium reactions and the properties of acids and bases. 

The content covered in the two externals will provide an understanding of concepts that will be further developed in Level 3 Chemistry


Chemistry, Science


NCEA Level 3 Chemistry, NCEA Level 3 Science

Analytical chemist
Chemical engineer
Clinical scientist, biochemistry
Forensic scientist
Scientific laboratory technician
Environmental consultant
Management consultant
Nuclear engineer
Patent attorney
Radiation protection practitioner
Science writer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course Contribution: $20 (Science Pad)
Stationery Requirements: 3 x 1B4, highlighter, Scientific calculator.


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