NCEA Level 2 Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Brown

General science is for students who wish to continue the study of science without the specialization into Biology, Chemistry or Physics. It covers many strands of the science curriculum through a range of topics. Each topic will be assessed using a variety of tasks. Links to projects in the local community will be developed so students can be doing science in the local environment. 

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
Term 1 will have a focus on Biology
Topics include plants, cells and environmental interactions
Plants - adaptations, interactions and photosynthesis
Cells - structure and function; use of a microscope

Term 2
Term 2 will have a focus on Physics topics.
Patterns and investigations in Physics.

Term 3
Term 3 will focus on the local environment.
Topics could include geology, environmental issues and sustainability.

Term 4
Term 4 will be time to complete any outstanding assessments and prepare for exams.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students should gain 8x credits from Level 1 science from either internal or external assessments. 

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B8 exercise book or computer, pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter. Field trips may be part of the course.


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.

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