NCEA Level 3 Chemistry

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Bound

Recommended Prior Learning

Pass 3 Achievement standards at achieved level or higher from level 2 chemistry achievement standards.
12 credits from Level 2 mathematics.

The content of the chemistry course at Year 13 is based on the NCEA Level 3 Chemistry achievement standards. This course expands on the knowledge you covered in Level 2 and focuses on the composition and properties of matter, the energy involved as it undergoes change and understanding the nature of particles to predict the properties and reactions of materials.
Chemistry has been described as the “central science” because there are few sciences where at least some knowledge of chemistry is not a requirement. It may be advisable for those considering a career based in the sciences to check what level of chemistry is required, since many university and some polytechnic courses require chemistry equivalent to, or beyond Year 13 level.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
91393 Assessment week 7

Term 2
91388 Assessment week 2
91392 End of topic assessment week 9

Term 3
91389 Optional assessment handed out week 1
91390 End of topic assessment week 7



Assessment Policy & Procedures
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B8 punched, ringbinder, scientific calculator, pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter
It is recommended that students purchase a write-on manual for approximately $30.

Pathway Tags

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


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.