NCEA Level 2 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Mackintosh

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of 12 Level 1 science and/or agriculture credits, including one external standard at the achieved level.
Be enrolled for either 12MAE or 12MAS and either 12EN1 or 12EN2.
Students may be required to complete a science department algebra, trigonometry, and Pythagoras theorem assessment to a satisfactory level.

This is a general Level 2 NCEA physics course for students intending to work or study in a physics-related field such as engineering, architecture, games design, radiotherapy, medicine, military training. 

The level 2 physics course could include:

  • mechanics – linear and circular motion, forces, energy, torque.
  • waves – lenses and mirrors, sound and light, the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection, refraction. 
  • modern Physics - Atomic and Nuclear Physics.
  • physics in context.
  • practical investigation .

All achievement standards are based on student interest and may change with general classroom consensus.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
91172 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
91169 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context

This is a combined internal assessment.

91171 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics

This is an externally assessed standard.

Term 2
91168 Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship

This will be internally assessed over 3 consecutive lessons.

Completion of 91171 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics

Term 3
91170 Demonstrate understanding of waves

This is an externally assessed standard

Term 4
Exam preparation - revision and exam skills.

Possible further assessment opportunities.



Assessment Policy & Procedures

NCEA Level 3 Physics

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B8 punched or computer, pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter and a scientific calculator is required for this course.
It is recommended that students purchase a SCIPAD workbook at approximately $20.00 per book.
Field Trips: These may be discussed and planned throughout the year as appropriate.

Pathway Tags

Physics: Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician, Architect

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Credits listed may change.