12GSC

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A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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 in Physics and a topic of students own choice.

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.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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

Recommended Prior Learning

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

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 22 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91158 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision

This assessment is based on a Field trip. Data is gathered on a field trip in small groups. A scientific report is written on the analysed data. 

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 8

A.S. 91160 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.8 - Investigate biological material at the microscopic level
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 2

A.S. 91168 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship

This assessment involves students carrying out a practical investigation, gathering and analysing data and writing a scientific report. 

4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 7

A.S. 91169 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.2 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context
3
3
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 9

A.S. 91189 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.3 - Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91190 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 22
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 19
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

Disclaimer

POLICY
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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