Science  Type  Number of Credits
 Number of Credits
 Total Number of
Level 1  Achievement 8  12 20
 Level 2 – Biology Achievement 7 12 19
 Level 2 – Chemistry  Achievement  7  13  20
Level 2 – Physics Achievement 7 12 19
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 Level 3 – Biology  Achievement 7 13 20
Level 3 – Chemistry  Achievement 6 15 21
Level 3 – Physics  Achievement 7 12 19



A.S. 90930 4 cr Chemistry 1.1 – Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction
A.S. 90935 4 cr Physics 1.1 – Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction
A.S. 90940 4 cr Science 1.1 – Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics
– External
A.S. 90948 4 cr Science 1.9 – Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation – External
A.S. 90944 4 cr Science 1.5 – Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases – External


A.S. 91153 4 cr Biology 2.1 – Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
A.S. 91155 3 cr Biology 2.3 – Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
A.S. 91156 4 cr Biology 2.4 – Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the
cellular level – External
A.S. 91157 4 cr Biology 2.5 – Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change – External
A.S. 91159 4 cr Biology 2.7 – Demonstrate understanding of gene expression
– External


A.S. 91161 4 cr Chemistry 2.1 – Carry out quantitative analysis
A.S. 91164 5 cr Chemistry 2.4 – Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure, properties and energy changes -External
A.S. 91165 4 cr Chemistry 2.5 – Demonstrate understanding of the properties of selected organic compounds – External
A.S. 91166 4cr Chemistry 2.6 – Demonstrate understanding of chemical reactivity
– External
A.S. 91167 3 cr Chemistry 2.7 – Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction


A.S. 91168 4 cr Physics 2.1 – Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship
A.S. 91171 6 cr Physics 2.4 – Demonstrate understanding of mechanics – External
A.S. 91172 3 cr Physics 2.5 – Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
A.S. 91173 6 cr Physics 2.6 – Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism – External


A.S. 91601 4 cr Biology 3.1 – Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance
A.S. 91602 3 cr Biology 3.2 – Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
A.S. 91603 5 cr Biology 3.3 – Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment – External
A.S. 91065 4 cr Biology 3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation – External
A.S. 91606 4 cr Biology 3.6 – Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution – External


A.S. 91388 3 cr Chemistry 3.2 – Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry
A.S. 91390 5 cr Chemistry 3.4 – Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances – External
A.S. 91391 5 cr Chemistry 3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds – External
A.S. 91392 5 cr Chemistry 3.6 – Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems – External
A.S. 91393 3 cr Chemistry 3.7 – Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction processes


A.S. 91521 4 cr Physics 3.1 – Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship
A.S. 91524 6 cr Physics 3.4 – Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems
– External
A.S. 91525 3 cr Physics 3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics
A.S. 91526 6 cr Physics 3.6 – Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems – External



What is science about?
Science is the study of how the universe works
Science is a systematic process used to discover how the universe works and what it is made of. Science relies on testing ideas with evidence gained from the natural and physical world. Scientific explanations are accepted as reliable only when they have been subjected to rigorous testing.
Scientific knowledge is dynamic and evolves over time
Scientific knowledge builds on previous ideas and innovations and is continually being updated and expanded as new evidence comes to hand. This means that our understanding of the universe has changed over time and will continue to change.
Science is a collaborative activity
Scientists interact with each other and with the wider world and as they try to validate new explanations. Science explanations are inextricably linked to culture, politics, and economics because scientists are part of communities and cultures that view the world in different ways.
Science is both logical and creative
Scientific investigation makes use of multiple approaches, creative as well as logical. Creative scientists “think outside the box”, shift perspective as they view problems, and examine different views of the same problem. Through inspiration, careful observation, and critical thinking, scientists discover, invent, adapt, combine, and apply ideas. Knowledge gained from scientific research finds its way into countless practical applications/technologies that benefit humankind.



Physics can be seen as the most fundamental of the natural sciences. Physics utilises the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses that are based on observation of the natural world. The goal of physics is to use the results of these experiments to formulate scientific laws, usually expressed in the language of mathematics, which can then be used to predict other phenomena. Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles to the entire galaxies. Physics is a discipline and, as such, it’s a matter of training your mind to be prepared for the challenges it will present.

It is absolutely essential that a physicist be proficient with mathematics. You don’t have to know everything, but you do have to be comfortable with mathematical concepts and how to apply them. Therefore, to study physics, you should take as much high school mathematics as you can reasonably fit into your schedule, perhaps study entire course of algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.

Physics is very math intensive and perhaps you will want to pursue other educational options, if you find that you dislike mathematics. It is helpful to begin learning the basics early if you want to master them.

High level of achievement in L3 Physics is essential to get entry to Science and Engineering courses in different tertiary institutions in NZ and overseas.



Teacher  Responsibilities  E-mail
Ms. N Vaike Head of Department
Dr. S Das Head of Physics
Mr. S Siliasau Teacher
 Mr. G. Collins  Teacher 
 Ms. S Nisha  Teacher 







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