Level 3 Health Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Berghan

What Will I learn and How Will I learn?
In Level 3 Health Studies, students engage in critical thinking processes that encourage them to challenge a range of personal and societal health-related perceptions, practices and understandings. Students will:

  • Critically analyse the cause and effect of Methamphetamine use in New Zealand  
  • Critcally analyse dilemmas and contemporary ethical issues that influence the health and safety of people in society
  • Investigate and evaluate ways of practicing healing and medicine within New Zealand
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of health promotion concepts and initiatives, how equitable outcomes are achieved, and how to uphold the values of social justice - fairness, inclusiveness and non-discrimination.
  • Investigate global health issues of current concern.

This course prepares students well for further university study, with a focus on academic writing and research skills. Students are required to be committed to home study, of at least three to four hours per week.

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, sociology, 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
Internal assessment conditions require students to submit written reports or essays that have been individually written. These can be electronically submitted. Students will sign an authenticity statement declaring their work to be their own.  Any referencing should follow APA format.  Students will be provided with opportunities for feedback on their work before an assessment is due. The external assessment at the end of the year will follow NZQA format.

Submitting Internal Assessments
Assessment will be submitted as indicated in the timeline above.

Resubmission 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 their teacher. 

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

Course Overview

Term 1
Recapping the ‘Big Ideas’ in health education (2-3 weeks); AS91461 - 7 weeks
KEY DATES: Week 10: AS91461 assessment due

Term 2
AS91464 - 8 weeks; AS91463 - 2 weeks
KEY DATES: Week 7: AS91464 assessment due

Term 3
AS91463 - 4 weeks; AS91462 - 4 weeks
KEY DATES: Week 5: As91463 assessment due; Week 10: AS91462 Derived Grade examination

Term 4
AS91462 - ongoing; Final preparation for external examination
KEY DATES: Week 5: NCEA examination

Recommended Prior Learning

Entry is by earning at least 15 credits in Level 2 Health in Society, including an Achieved or better grade in the Achievement Standard 91235 external, or HoD approval. Direct entry is possible with Merit English grades.

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. 91461 v2 Health 3.1 - Analyse a New Zealand health issue
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5r *
A.S. 91462 v2 Health 3.2 - Analyse an international health issue
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5r,5w *
A.S. 91463 v2 Health 3.3 - Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand
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5r *
A.S. 91464 v2 Health 3.4 - Analyse a contemporary ethical issue in relation to well-being
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4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19

* 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.

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.

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