NCEA Level 1 Science 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Mackintosh

Recommended Prior Learning

Overall teacher recommendation across the year, and performing at 5P or above across the Nature of Science strands over Year 10.

This course covers a range of internal assessments and external assessments. It is expected that students in this course will sit 2 external papers (exams).

If you are interested in taking Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology in year 12 then you need to do either science 1 or science 2.


Science 1 has the expectation that you are pushing for excellence and students will be challenged and kept moving at a quicker pace than science 2.

Science 2 students will be offered the same standards as science 1 and they are covered at a slower pace so they may not get through them all. 

Science 1 and 2 are expected to purchase a SCIPAD workbook and these are extensively used throughout the course.  



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 2 Biology, NCEA Level 2 Chemistry, NCEA Level 2 Farming Skills, NCEA Level 2 Physics

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Student manuals may be recommended for purchase.
1B8 exercise book or computer, calculator, HB pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter

Pathway Tags

Biology: Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse Chemistry: Pharmacist, Bio-Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Forensic Scientist Physics: Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician Horticulture: Tree Surgeon, Nursery Production Manager, Packhouse Supervisor, Orchard Grower, Town Planner, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Meteorologist, Policy Analyst, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Archivist, Film maker, Lawyer, Historian, Social Work, Geologist


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.