Level 3 Physics

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Whaea C. Northage

This course examines further aspects of mechanics (translational, circular, simple harmonic motion) waves (instruments, interference and sound effects) and electricity and electromagnetism begun in Level 2. Students will learn conceptual, experimental, and problem-solving skills.

The course will also include practical work which will form part of the internal assessment.

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 an alternative to those listed below:

A.S. 91523 v2 Physics 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of wave systems - 4 credits, external

A.S. 91525 v2 Physics 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics - 3 credits, internal

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$30 Physics Workbooks

Entry Guidelines

Physics Achievement Standards at Level 2 (Internal and External) or in consultation with Head of Faculty.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91521 v2 Physics 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship
A.S. 91524 v2 Physics 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems
A.S. 91526 v2 Physics 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 16

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

Pathway Tags

Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Dentist, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse, Chemist, Exercise and Sport Scientist, Nano-scientist, Speech Therapist, Radiation Therapist, Biomedical Scientist, Electronics, Geologist, Land Planning and Development, Neuro-scientist, Physiology, Surveying Measurement, Computational Modelling, Energy Management, Forensic Scientist, Sports Technology, Teacher, Telecommunications, Astronomy, Biologist, Biochemist, Architect


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