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NCEA Level 3 Health Studies
Level 3
Number of Credits: 14 or 19

Entry Recommendations:  NCEA Level 2 Health Studies and/or NCEA Level 1 Health Studies is an advantage, but not required.

Course Outline: This course follows on from NCEA Level 2 Health Studies and expands on the concepts and models of Health Promotion. It additionally examines and analyses contemporary dilemmas, local and international health issues and ethical issues in relation to well-being, as well as current NZ health practices and issues. Interactive discussions will be an integral part of the learning process. This will include looking at the ethical dilemmas of euthanasia, abortion, legalising cannabis and vaccinations. Students wishing to enter into any health-related field as a career option should consider this course.

Skills developed in the course:

  • An understanding of the attitudes and values of different people in relation to current Health issues
  • A conceptual understanding of the determinants of Health
  • An understanding of personal, interpersonal and societal influences on Health
  • Strategies for change
  • An understanding of attitudes, values, beliefs and social justice


AS 91461
Analyse a New Zealand health issue
5 Credits
Written assessment
Assessment Period - Term 3, Week 9
AS 91463
Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand
5 Credits
Written assignment
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 10
AS 91464
Analyse a contemporary ethical issues in relation to well-being
4 Credits
Written assignment
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 9
AS 91462 (Optional)
Analyse an international health issue
5 Credits
Reading and Writing
Assessment Period - end of year examination
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