Level 1 Trades Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh

Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?)
Trades Science covers standards that may be of use to students aiming for careers in the trades. The course consists of 20 Level 1 Credits. There are two investigations, involving experiments and written work. There is one external examination, Level 1 Mechanics.

Most assessment will be completed with a mixture of in class and out of class time. However, some standards require work only to be completed in class time. This is to ensure authenticity - that all work that you submit is your own. It is important that you understand the conditions of assessment for these standards and that you direct any questions about when and how you're able to work on them to your teacher.

The Teacher(s) will be working together to get the best results for students as individuals from their year of study. There will be two school examinations. These will be set and marked to the same standard as NZQA. They are very good indicators for progress towards gaining NCEA, and students should take them seriously by preparing themselves through revision.

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?)
This course leads to the Trades - technology, Level 2 Physics based on performance in Mechanics external.

Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
Trades - engineering

Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
Home insulation, automotive and mechanical engineering, fuels.

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
Introduction. AS90947 (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 5: Assessment; Week 9: Assessment

Term 2
KEY DATES: Week 7: Assessment

Term 3
KEY DATES: Week 9/10: Derived Grade examinations

Term 4
Revision and reassessment
KEY DATES: Revision and reassessment; Week 5: NCEA examinations


Level 2 Physics, Level 2 Science

This course is tailored to fit students aiming for careers in the trades.

Resource Requirements

Students will require a 2B8 Lab Book.

Recommended Prior Learning

Entry is open.

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. 90935 v3 Physics 1.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction
A.S. 90940 v3 Science 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics
A.S. 90943 v3 Science 1.4 - Investigate implications of heat for everyday life
A.S. 90946 v3 Science 1.7 - Investigate the implications of the properties of metals for their use in society
A.S. 90953 v3 Science 1.14 - Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling
Total Credits

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

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