Level 1 Health

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Berghan

What will I learn and how will I learn?
This course will give students the opportunity to take action and enhance their own personal well-being, demonstrate ways to be resilient and manage change and stress, how to enhance relationships through effective use of communication skills, develop strategies to promote positive sexuality, and understand the importance of making health-enhancing decisions in drug-related situations.

Students develop an understanding of well-being by learning about the Model of Hauora. They develop respect and compassion for others and an appreciation of diversity. They are encouraged to think critically and view situations from personal, interpersonal, and societal perspectives.

Using digital technology is encouraged and promoted in this course. Teachers use Google Classroom and are heading towards using google sites for teaching and learning. An awareness of current affairs and researching using the internet to investigate topics is encouraged. Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks. Learning in interactive.

Knowledge, skills and experiences gained in Health Education are beneficial for many types of occupations. Students may want to take this course to learn more about their own health, or they may be looking for a career in some of the fields below.

Conditions of Assessment
Four of the achievement standards offered are internally assessed. Evidence of learning is collected using a variety of methods, encouraging students to be creative and innovative in their way of presenting information to be assessed. For example, creating a magazine, keeping a journal, digital recording, role play and written assessment. There will be one external examination at the end of the year, completed under examination conditions. It is a written examination, lasting one and a half hours. Students are expected to have an 85% or above attendance rate in order to have the knowledge required for assessments.

Submitting Internal Assessments
Assessment will be submitted in relation to the calendar which will be supplied each year.

Resubmissions and Further Assessment Opportunities
A resubmission opportunity for the work of students who just miss out on achieving a particular grade may be granted at the discretion of the teacher. 

NOTE: Courses may change with the review of standards at the end of each year.

Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction to Big Ideas in Health; Be a Better You - Action Planning; Making a Relationship work - Interpersonal skills (ongoing)
KEY DATES: Assessment in ongoing throughout the term

Term 2
Managing change - Mental Health; Positive Sexuality; Making a relationship work - interpersonal skills (ongoing unit)
KEY DATES: Week 6/7: Mental Health assessment

Term 3
Sexuality continued; Drug issues; Making a relationship work - interpersonal skills (ongoing unit)
KEY DATES: Week 5: Sexuality assessment; Week 10: Derived Grade examination

Term 4
Drug issues continued; Revision for external; Course evaluation and review
KEY DATES: Week 5: NCEA external examination


Level 2 Health in Society

Recommended Prior Learning

For entry into Level 1 Health Education - students require high achievement in Year 10 English, or Level 1 English is an advantage - or by HoD approval. This is a University approved course if students follow this pathway to Level 3.

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. 90971 v3 Health 1.1 - Take action to enhance an aspect of personal well-being
A.S. 90973 v3 Health 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of interpersonal skills used to enhance relationships
A.S. 90974 v4 Health 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of strategies for promoting positive sexuality
A.S. 90975 v3 Health 1.6 - Demonstrate understanding of issues to make health-enhancing decisions in drug-related situations
A.S. 91097 v3 Health 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of ways in which well-being can change and strategies to support well-being
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.

Pathway Tags

Nursing, Medicine, Law, Politics, Social Sciences, Education, Diversional Therapist, Psychologist, Acupuncturist, Ambulance Officer, Anaesthetist, Biomedical Engineer, Chiropractor, Clinical Coder, Community Karitane, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, Dental Technician, Dental Therapist, Dentist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Dispensing Optician, Environmental Health Officer, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Health Promoter, Massage Therapist, Midwife, Natural Health Therapist, Nursing Support and Care Worker, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Osteopath, Pathologist, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Physician, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Psychiatrist, Radiation Oncologist, Registered Nurse, Speech-Language Therapist, Sterilising Technician, Surgeon, Nanny/Child Carer, Teacher Aide, Tertiary Lecturer, Beauty Therapist, Body Artist

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