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smc foundation diploma –  EPIC Learning Programme – Science and mathematics


EPIC – Empowered / Personalised / Inspired / Challenge 

Entry Recommendation: Entry into this course involves discussion with the Science and Mathematics Heads of Faculty.

Course Outline:  EPIC aims to meet the needs of students who would benefit from more specific, integrated or non traditional teaching and learning. Students benefit from eight contact hours per week, in a learning environment where they are empowered through a cross-curricular programme that encourages collaboration, creativity and independence in their learning.  The course offers a selection of learning opportunities drawn from Science and Mathematics, and focuses on giving students a foundation of research, investigation, problem solving, analysis and presentation skills.

Science learning areas: ecology field work, body systems (including disease, nutrition, genetics), everyday chemistry and applied physics.

Mathematics learning areas: Number, Measurement, Budgeting, Statistics and Probability, Investigation.

Mathematics and Science topics are fully integrated to create a cohesive and consistent learning environment. Numeracy and Literacy skills are developed within ‘real world’ contexts as a foundation to further study in Level 2 NCEA.

Skills developed in the course:

  • Effective communication
  • Application of science and mathematical concepts to everyday situations
  • Ability to work and learn collaboratively
  • Problem solving – processing information to form justified conclusions
  • Research skills – collecting, presenting, analysing and evaluating information
  • Investigation design and practical skills
  • Working with money in a future-focused approach to managing oneself

Course Costs: Field trips $20

The course leads to: NCEA Level 2 Biology, Environmental Biology and Mathematics.



  1. Ecology field study – 25%
  2. Investigate an aspect of nutrition – 25%
  3. Disease research – 25%
  4. Applied genetics – 25%


  1. Use number to solve problems – 25%
  2. Use measurement to solve problems – 25%
  3. Interpret statistical information – 25%
  4. Budgeting – 25%
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