NCEA Level 1 Chemistry
Level 1
Number of Credits: 19-20

Entry Recommendations: Students require a good grounding in Science in Years 9 and 10. Students who have already entered Level 1 NCEA Science in Year 10 are encouraged to enter for NCEA Chemistry and/or NCEA Physics.

Course Outline: Students will identify patterns and trends in the properties of a range of groups of substances, for example, acids and bases, metals, metal compounds, and hydrocarbons.  Students will carry out an individual practical investigation. All aspects of the course provide opportunities for extensive experimental work.

Skills developed in the course:

  • Experimental design with data analysis and evaluation
  • Application of concepts to everyday situations
  • Communication of scientific ideas
  • Ability to access and select information using a range of sources
  • Laboratory practical skills

Course costs: Course notes $15.  Education Perfect online study tool $20, Chemistry Competition $9.50 (optional)

The course leads to: IB Chemistry, NCEA Level 1 Science is considered to be an unsatisfactory prerequisite for entry into Year 12 Chemistry.  Pupils who achieve a high grade in NCEA Science, Achievement Standard 90944, may be accepted into Year 12 Chemistry.


AS 90930
Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction
4 Credits
Practical investigation
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 7
AS 90932
Demonstrate understanding of aspects of carbon chemistry
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 4, Week 2
AS 91167
Demonstrate understanding of oxidation reduction
3 Credits
Assessment Period -
AS 90933
Demonstrate understanding of aspects of selected elements
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 10; Term 3, Week 3; prelims
AS 90934
Demonstrate understanding of chemical reactions
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 1; Term 2, Week 7; prelims
Level 1 Chemistry