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Chemistry Extra - Level 3


Qualification: NCEA Level 3

Entry requirements: At least Achievement in two Level 2 external assessments and a satisfactory level of achievement in Mathematics, in the school examinations. Entry is at the discretion of the HOD Chemistry.

Content/Skills: The topics include: atomic structure, bonding and properties of substances, organic chemistry, spectroscopy,  thermochemistry, aqueous solution chemistry and oxidation-reduction.  Ability to apply theoretical principles to laboratory activities and other scientific phenomena is emphasised.

Field Trips: None.

Course Costs: Please be aware that this course has associated costs. By selecting this course you will be requested to make contributions connected to its delivery. Approximately $20 for a SciPad Level 3 Chemistry Workbook.


Internal Achievement Standards

2 Internal Standards both 3 Credits

External Achievement Standards

3 External Standards - 5 Credits per standard.

Scholarship Chemistry tutorials are offered in Terms 2, 3 and 4.

Where does it lead? Tertiary study.

Chemistry helps us to understand the world around us. Chemistry provides explanations for the properties of materials and provides us with ways of transforming materials into new and useful substances. It helps us to understand the changes that we see occurring in the natural and physical world and allows us to make educated choices about consumer products.

Chemistry solves problems. Chemistry gives us the ability to make new substances. It allows us to develop pharmaceuticals for curing and treating diseases, substances that protect the environment, technologically advanced structures for building and materials that can be used as alternative energy sources. Chemistry is fundamental to climate change, energy and the world’s water resources.

Chemistry opens up lots of career opportunities. Some chemists work in laboratories designing new materials used in products such as medicines, food and beverage flavourings, superconductors, and vaccines. However, studying chemistry provides a good training for a wide range of careers including, marketing and project managers, environmental scientists and forensic scientist. Employers value the key skills of numeracy, problem solving and communication that are an integral part of all chemistry courses.

For further information see Mrs Passchier