Level 2 Health in Society

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Berghan

Recommended Prior Learning

Entry is by earning at least 15 credits in Level 1 Health, including an Achieved or better grade in the Achievement Standard 90975 external, or HoD approval. Direct entry is possible with Merit English grades.

What will I learn and how will I learn?
In the Level 2 Health course students will study health issues as they relate to adolescents, but increasingly consider these issues from a socio-ecological (society as a whole) perspective rather than just their effect on the health of individuals. Students will learn to:

- promote health and well-being by taking action in the school or wider community
- understand issues that arise around sexuality and gender, and suggest ways of dealing with these
- manage changes that affect mental health and understand how to build resilience
- investigate an adolescent health issue (topics change each year).

The teaching, learning and assessment in this course also considers issues from the perspective of the following attitudes and values:
- A positive and responsible attitude to your own well-being
- Respect for the rights of others
- Care and concern for other people in the community
- Social justice (fairness, inclusiveness and non-discriminatory practices).

Using digital technology is encouraged and promoted in this course. Teachers use google classroom and are in the process of creating google sites for a more student-centred approach to teaching and learning. An awareness of current affairs and researching using the internet to investigate topics is encouraged.  Students are expected to do at least two hours of study per week in this subject.

Health is a valuable subject choice for students wishing to pursue learning that will take them into further study related to the social and health sciences such as education, psychology, philosophy, politics, law, economics, medicine, and careers in any field where they work with people, such as education, health, justice, and social services.

Conditions of Assessment
Four standards are internally assessed, with one external examination at the end of the year. The majority of the assessment tasks are written and are recourse/investigation based. There is some opportunity for collaboration.

Submitting Internal Assessments
Assessment will be submitted in relation to the supplied calendar. Work must be submitted by the due date. No extensions will be given unless a medical certificate is supplied, or unforeseen circumstances arise.

Resubmission and Further Assessment Opportunities
Resubmissions can only be offered once and only when small errors or omissions need to be corrected in student work in a short period of time. There is no further teaching available. Further assessment opportunities are not available in every standard.

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

Course Overview

Term 1
Concepts in  Health Education; Let's make a difference Health Promotion
KEY DATES: Week 10: Assessment due

Term 2
Sexuality and Gender factors
KEY DATES: Week 7: Assessment due

Term 3
Ups and Downs - Mental Health; Analyse an adolescent health issue (topic to be confirmed)
KEY DATES: Week 5: Assessment due; Week 10: Derived Grade examination

Term 4
AS91235 - (3 weeks)​​​​
KEY DATES: Week 5: NCEA examination


Level 3 Health Studies

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

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L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91235 v2 Health 2.1 - Analyse an adolescent health issue
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A.S. 91236 v2 Health 2.2 - Evaluate factors that influence people's ability to manage change
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A.S. 91237 v2 Health 2.3 - Take action to enhance an aspect of people's well-being within the school or wider community
A.S. 91239 v2 Health 2.5 - Analyse issues related to sexuality and gender to develop strategies for addressing the issues
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Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Pathway Tags

Physiotherapist, 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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