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NCEA Level 1 Science
Level 1
Number of Credits: 18

Entry Recommendation: Open entry.

Course Outline: The standards chosen for this course cover a range of science disciplines: Chemistry, Biology and Physics, with external assessments in Chemistry and Genetics. Students will carry out a practical investigation, will research to develop an understanding of disease and will apply physics concepts to explain everyday phenomena. 

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

Students may wish to take both Level 1 Science and one of either Level 1 Chemistry, Physics or Human Biology to enhance their depth of understanding and proficiency at Year 12.  

This course leads to: NCEA Level 2 Sciences  (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and IB Group 4 Science subjects.


AS 90948
Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation
4 Credits
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 90944
Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases
4 Credits
Assessment Period - end of year examination
AS 90950
Investigate biological ideas relating to interactions between humans and micro-organisms
4 Credits
Applied Research
Assessment Period - Term 1, Week 7
AS 90925
Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context
4 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 2
AS 90936
Demonstrate understanding of the physics of an application
2 Credits
Assessment Period - Term 2, Week 7
Level 1 Science