Level 1 Science A


Satisfactory completion of SCIFC or SCIPC, SCISF, SCIAE or SCISW, and SCIEA is also highly desirable preparation for this course.

Course description:

This course is aimed at developing critical scientific thinking skills and leads directly to the any or all of the sciences — biology, chemistry and physics at levels 2 and 3.

Topics covered:

  • Investigating interactions between humans and microorganisms
  • Learning about genetics, inheritance and variation
  • Gaining good basic knowledge of chemistry, including acids and alkalis and their reactions, and carrying out practical chemistry investigations.
  • Mechanics — understanding motion, forces, pressure, work, energy and power
  • Carrying out practical physics investigation

Credits available:

The table below shows the credits available within the subject.

Number   Title I or E*    Credits
90950 Investigate interactions between humans and microorganisms                      I 4
90948 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation   E 4
90944   Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases                   E 4
90930 Carry out a practical (chemistry) investigation with direction      I 4
90940 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics E 4
90935 Carry out a practical investigation, with direction, that leads to a linear mathematical relationship    I 4


I or E * = Internal or external assessments

Leads to: NCEA level 2 – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Cost: Purchase of workbooks ($40) is advised.

Contact: Dr C Manuel

Upcoming events

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Last day of term 4, 2020.

Friday 11 Dec

11th December Junior and middle school prizegiving takes place at the Regent theatre.

Monday 30 Nov

Westland Anniversay Day holiday. No school.

Monday 23 Nov

23rd November Senior Prizegiving takes place at the Regent Theatre.

Friday 13 Nov

13th November Senior students go on study leave for their NCEA exams.

Monday 26 Oct

Labour day holiday. No School.

Monday 12 Oct

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Monday 12 Oct

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Friday 25 Sep

Last day of term 3.

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