L3PHY

Level 3 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh

Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?)
The topics covered in Level 3 Physics are mechanics, modern physics, practical physics, waves and electrical systems. The course builds on the Level 2 content.  In Mechanics students learn about rotating systems and how this relates to oscillatory motion. Oscillatory motion is related to waves and more is learned about the behaviour of light in Waves. Oscillation is considered in Electrical Systems as we discover more about how electricity is controlled in time within electrical circuits. Modern Physics explores the light that comes from atoms and how this is related to the energy within the atomic structure. Top students may be included in a scholarship programme, working at Level 4.

Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)

 

Learning outcomes/Assessment links: See standards list
NOTE: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year. 

Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
Careers in trades - engineering, electrical apprenticeships, further study for degrees in Engineering, Medicine, Computer Science.

Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
Links to mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical, computer engineering and medical science. 

Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
This is a pure science course.

Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Students will learn through ICT use for visualisation of abstract ideas, Future-relevant foundational understanding of the world, applied mathematics and statistics, scientific writing, and scientific investigation and laboratory work.


Course Overview

Term 1
Mechanics, Practical Physics
KEY DATES: Week 7: Mechanics end of topic test; Week 10: Practical Physics assessment

Term 2
Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Waves
KEY DATES: Week 5: Atomic and Nuclear Physics assessment; Week 10: Waves end of topic test

Term 3
Electricity and Electromagnetism
KEY DATES: Week 8 : Electricity and Electromagnetism end of topic test; Week 9/10: Derived Grade examinations

Term 4
Revision for external, and further assessment opportunities
KEY DATES:
Week 1: ; Week 4: Further assessment opportunities; Week 5: NCEA examinations

Recommended Prior Learning

Student should have achieved one Level 2 Physics external. Mathematics grades are considered as Calculus is a preferred partner-subject.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91521 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 10

A.S. 91522 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of the application of physics to a selected context
3
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91523 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of wave systems
4
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 10
Term: 4, Week: 5

A.S. 91524 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems
6
6
6
6
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 7
Term: 4, Week: 5

A.S. 91525 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 5

A.S. 91526 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems
6
6
6
6
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 8
Term: 4, Week: 5

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 26
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 26
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 26

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.

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