NCEA Level 2 Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Brown

Recommended Prior Learning

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

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A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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



Assessment Policy & Procedures
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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

Pathway Tags

Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural Technician, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Air Force Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Anaesthetic Technician, Animal Care Attendant, Veterinary Nurse, Zoologist, Chemist, Aquaculture Farmer, Author, Glazier, Microbiologist, Baker, Farmer/Farm Manager, Metal Worker, Phlebotomist, Brewer, Mechanical Engineer, Carpenter, Farm Worker, Science Technician, Meteorologist, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Psychologist, Watchmaker and Repairer, Jeweller, Technical Writer, Dairy Farmer, Crop Farmer/Crop Manager, Curator, Medical Radiation Technologist, Forensic Scientist, Electronics Trades Worker, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Economist, Electrician, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Environmental Engineer, Ranger, Food Technologist, Professional Sportsperson, Forestry Scientist, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Gardener, Groundsperson, Hairdresser/Barber, Industrial Spray Painter, Insurance Agent, Medical Laboratory Technician, Optometrist, Roading Construction Worker, Saw Doctor, Secondary School Teacher, Water/Waste Water Treatment Operator, Intelligence Officer


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.