NCEA Level 1 EPIC Learning Programme
Level 1
Number of Credits: Up to 90

EPIC – Empowered Personalised Inspired Challenge 

Course Outline: This learning course is designed for students who have identified learning needs going into Level 1 Year 11. Providing a contextualised learning focus with common themes across the core learning areas of English, Humanities, Science and Mathematics, and a collaborative teaching team, the learning programme will be based on student skills and interests.  Group and personalised learning opportunities will be offered to best suit student needs.

NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards (internal and external) and Level 1 Unit Standards will be planned to provide a learning programme for students within planned common themes. Providers outside of SMC will be enlisted, where applicable, to provide the best learning opportunity for students. In addition to NCEA Level 1 students may prefer to work towards the National Certificate in Supported Learning. 

Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare and maintain achievement between 4-6 identified subjects according to their identified learning needs. Where possible, students with specific areas of interest and capability, will study a regular Level 1 SMC programme; this will be timetable dependent. 

Skills developed in the course:

    • Application of concepts to everyday situations 
    • Effective communication, including presentation and interpretation across all  learning areas 
    • Understanding other people’s points of view, beliefs, perspectives and cultures 
    • Ability to work and learn collaboratively 
    • Literacy and numeracy skills
    • Planning, research and review skills
    • Problem solving – processing information to form justified conclusions 
    • Research skills – collecting, presenting, analysing and evaluating information 
    • Number, measurement, transformation geometry, statistics, probability 
    • Experimental design with data analysis and evaluation 
    • Practical skills in science, math and IT linked to learning areas 

Course Costs: Each student will have an individualised programme cost dependant on their needs. There will be a maximum cost of $200 for additional standards. Note – there will be other subject costs  where relevant, as lists in the Senior Learning Pathways subject outlines. 

The course leads to: either NCEA Level 2 as per prior learning recommendations for each subject or additional Level 2 personalised areas of learning where possible. Note: it may be appropriate that Level 1 is studied over a two year programme for some students 

SAMPLE ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE
(Will be designed collaboratively based on student areas of interest)

ENGLISH

AS 90052
Produce creative writing
3 Credits
Literacy
Portfolio
AS 90857
Construct and deliver an oral presentation
3 Credits
Literacy
Formal Speech
AS 90855
Create a visual text
3 Credits
Literacy
Advertisement
AS 90053
Produce formal writing
3 Credits
Literacy
Portfolio
AS 90856
Show understanding of a visual and/or oral text through close viewing and/or listening using supporting evidence
3 Credits
Literacy
Written Analysis
AS 90854
Form personal responses to independently read texts, supported by evidence
4 Credits
Literacy
Portfolio

HUMAN BIOLOGY

AS 90925
Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with direction
4 Credits
Literacy
Practical
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 2
AS 90929
Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to a mammal(s) as a consumer(s)
3 Credits
Literacy
Examination
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 90948
Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 90949
Investigate life processes and environmental factors that affect them
4 Credits
 
Applied Research
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 6
AS 90950
Investigate biological ideas relating to interactions between humans and micro-organisms
4 Credits
 
Applied Research
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 8

MATHEMATICS 112

AS 91030
Apply measurement in solving problems
3 Credits
Numeracy
Test
Assessment Period - Term 3, Week 3
AS 91034
Apply transformation geometry in solving problems
2 Credits
Numeracy
Test
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 5
AS 91026
Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems
4 Credits
Numeracy
Test
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 11
AS 91035
Investigate a given multivariate data set using the statistical enquiry cycle
4 Credits
Literacy/Numeracy
Test
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 7
AS 91038
Investigate a situation involving elements of chance
3 Credits
Literacy/Numeracy
Test
Assessment Period - Term 3, Week 8
AS 91037
Demonstrate understanding of chance and data
4 Credits
Numeracy
Examination
Assessment Period - Term 4, Week 3

GEOGRAPHY

AS 91007
Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural events
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
 
AS 91008
Demonstrate geographic understanding of population concepts
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
 
AS 91010
Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given event
4 Credits
Numeracy
Examination
 
AS 91011
Conduct geographic research, with direction
4 Credits
Literacy/Numeracy
Field work and research report
Assessment Period - Term 1, March
AS 91012
Describe aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue
3 Credits
Literacy
Written assessment
Assessment Period - Term 2, June-July
AS 91013
Describe aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale
3 Credits
Literacy
Written assessment
Assessment Period - Term 3, September

HISTORY

AS 91001
Carry out an historical investigation of an historical event, or place, or significance to New Zealanders
4 Credits
Literacy
Research on an historical event in New Zealand
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 7
AS 91002
Demonstrate understanding of an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders
4 Credits
Literacy
Presentation task
Assessment Period - Term 3, Week 9
AS 91003
Interpret sources of an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 91004
Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
4 Credits
Literacy
Written assignment
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 9
AS 91005
Describe the causes and consequences of an historical event
4 Credits
Literacy
Examination
Assessment Period - end of year examination
Level 1 EPIC Learning Programme