NCEA Level 1 Agriculture

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss A. Simpson

Recommended Prior Learning

Overall teacher recommendation across the year and performing at 5P or higher across the Nature of Science strands over the semester.

This course is designed for students with an agricultural focus who may be going on to work or study in the agricultural or horticultural science sector.

This is an academic course and requires students to be working at the same level as students in science 1 and 2. Students are expected to be sitting external assessments in this course and should be in 11 English 1 or 11 English 2 as there is a high level of literacy.

The course content may be selected from:

  • Environment – production practices that have positive and negative impacts on the environment.

  • Livestock Management – livestock physiology, feeding, breeding, and genetics.

  • Pasture/Crop Management – impacts on production, grazing management, and pasture conservation.

  • Investigation – plan and carry out a scientific investigation in an agricultural context.

  • Plant Propagation - propagate plants from seed, cuttings, and division.

  • Soils - Soil properties and management

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
Growing Plants: Plant propagation
Pasture and Crops

Term 2
Growing Plants: Pasture and Crops


Term 3

Farming and the Envrionment

Term 4
Livestock Revision



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 2 Biology, NCEA Level 2 Farming Skills, NCEA Level 2 Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Agricultural Field Days Term II – recommended cost of $35.00.
1B8, HB pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, Highlighter
There is a Learning Workbook available - not compulsory.

Pathway Tags

dairy farmer, forestry contractor, horticultural worker, vet nurse, Amenity Horticulture, Fruit Production, Vegetable Production, Nursery Production, Viticulture, Floristry, Landscaping, Horticultural Consultant, Science technician, Crop Production Manager, Forestry, Marketing Manager, Orchard Manager, Insectary Manager, Vegetable Farm Manager, Quality Controller


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.