GSC2

Level 2 General Science

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Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: C. Northage.

This science course is for students who wish to take a general science course rather than pursue the individual sciences. Whenever possible, a hands-on approach to science is used. 

All assessment will be carried out internally and so this course is not eligible for endorsement. Upon successful completion of the course, students may wish to take a Level 2 course in an individual science or may move onto Level 3 Biology with approval from the Head of Faculty.

A selection of four Achievement Standards will be completed over the course of the year. The number of credits offered in this course will be 14 or 15 credits.  The most likely combination is listed below.  However, depending on student and teacher preference, the following standards are alternative options:

A.S. 91187 v2 Earth and Space Science 2.1 - Carry out a practical Earth and Space Science investigation

A.S. 91155 v2 Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life 

A.S. 91237 v2 Health 2.3 - Take action to enhance an aspect of people's well-being within the school or wider community 

A.S. 91844 v1 Psychology 2.1 - Examine different psychological approaches used to explain a behaviour 

A.S. 91845 v1 Psychology 2.2 - Examine how a psychological debate has changed over time

A.S. 91289 v2 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 2.1 - Carry out an extended practical agricultural or horticultural investigation



Entry Guidelines

The best preparation for this course is to study NCEA Level 1 Science (SCI1) and gain internal Science Achievement Standards. Entry without meeting this can be discussed with the Teacher in Charge or Head of Faculty.

Pathway

Upon successful completion of this course, students may wish to take a Level 2 course in an individual science or may move onto Level 3 Biology with approval from the Head of Faculty.

Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91190 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91846 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.3 - Conduct psychological research with guidance
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91848 v1
NZQA Info
Psychology 2.5 - Examine ethical issues in psychological practice
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 15
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 7
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Disclaimer

An individual course will only run if sufficient students are accepted into the course.


All approvals for courses through this system are subject to satisfactory achievement in remaining internal standards and external examinations. Course Confirmation Day will run at the start of next year, where final approval for each course will be confirmed.