NCEA Level 2 Chemistry

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Brown

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of 12 science and/or agriculture credits, including one external standard at the achieved level, plus be enrolled for either 12MAE or 12MAS and either 12EN1 or 12EN2.

A chemist’s answer to the question “What is Chemistry?” could easily be, “What in the world isn’t Chemistry?”. Chemistry involves a study of everything about us; from the air we breathe and the food we eat, to the chemistry of a comet, the planets, and beyond. Chemistry involves the study of the structure and nature of substances, how they behave chemically, and the synthesis of new substances; in short, taking things apart and putting them together.
Knowledge of chemistry is an essential prerequisite for many science-based careers, e.g. engineering, medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, dentistry, consumer science and other scientific university courses. It may also be useful for some polytechnic courses. Chemistry is a subject that helps students to develop their own powers of scientific reasoning and understanding, whatever career they decide upon.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
91167 Assessment week 5/6

Term 2
91910 Assessment week 2/3

Term 3
91166 End of topic assessment week 3
91164 End of topic assessment week 10



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended that students purchase a write-on manual at approximately $30.00
1B8 punched, ringbinder, scientific calculator, pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter
These may be discussed and planned throughout the year as appropriate.

Pathway Tags

Chemistry: Pharmacist, Bio-Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Forensic Scientist


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Credits listed may change.