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Chemistry - Level 2


Qualification: NCEA Level 2

Entry requirements: A minimum of 16 credits in a Level 1 Science course, including the external standard AS90944 S1.5 Acids and Bases and satisfactory completion of a Level 1 Mathematics course. Entry is at the discretion of the HOD Chemistry.

11SCP and 11SCG: Two external science standards, including AS90944 S1.5 Acids and Bases, at least Achieved in the school examinations.

Content/Skills: The Year 12 course develops an understanding of the ways materials and chemical processes interact with people and the environment. Most topics involve explanations of why things happen rather than just what happens.

The topics include: atomic structure, bonding and energy changes, quantitative analysis, organic chemistry, chemical reactivity and oxidation-reduction.

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 2 Chemistry Workbook.


Two Internal Standards - 7 Credits total

Three External Standards - 13 Credits total

Where does it lead? NCEA Level 3.

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.