Garin College Garin College

Level 2 Physics

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: C. Northage.

Entry Guidelines

The best preparation for this course is to study NCEA Level 1 Science and gain the Physics Achievement Standard (Internal) and Physics End-of-Topic Test. Entry without meeting this can be discussed with the Teacher in Charge or Head of Faculty

It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in PHY2, also enrol in MAT2.

This course will include topics on mechanics (forces, motion, momentum and energy), waves (light and mechanical), electricity (static and DC) and electromagnetism. Students will learn conceptual, experimental, and problem-solving skills that many employers appreciate as valuable, and get to learn first hand from class work, practicals, and research.

The course will also include practical work which will form part of the internal assessment. If time permits, aspects of Atomic and Nuclear Physics* will be explored as well.

This is a recommended course for students considering tertiary courses in Engineering, Health Science, Veterinary Science, Aviation, Construction, Food Technology, Radiation Therapy, Surveying, Architectural Studies, Building Science and numerous majors in a Science or Applied Science degree. 

The following standards may be available as alternatives to those listed below: 

A.S. 91170 v2 Physics 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of waves - 4 credits, external

A.S. 91172 v2 Physics 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics - 3 credits, internal*

*This standard will require students to prepare outside of normal class time.




Level 3 Physics

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$31 Physics Workbooks.


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.