Year 11 Course Booklet


In Year 11, you must complete at least one semester of Science.

All students will complete their final Core Science rotation in Year 11, and in addition, will be able to choose any combination of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science or Physics Prep courses to progress into Level 2. It is highly recommended that students choose the Prep subjects that they intend to carry on with in Level 2 NCEA. However, these can also be taken as interest subjects as well.



Core (compulsory) This course covers the three main strands of the New Zealand Curriculum – evolution, ecology and genetics. There is also a strong applied theme to the course that has a human biology and health focus. Topics include human body systems, human ecology and genetics. Prep This Prep course emphasis is on developing the skills and understanding required for further study in Biology. We delve deeper into genetics, biotechnology, cellular processes, and plant and animal adaptations. The course is designed to be both practical and fun, giving students the opportunity to learn about a wide range of relevant topics to them now and in the future. We also place a strong emphasis on literacy, research and presentation skills which can be of wider benefit to the students. It prepares students for Years 12–13 Biology courses and beyond. However, it may also serve as an interesting option for those who simply enjoy the subject. Prerequisite for: Level 2 Biology.

Core (compulsory) The mainly descriptive work begun in Year 9 is continued, with the special language that chemists use being extended as students become more familiar with formulae and simple equations. Chemical reactions between different substances is a major focus, engaging all students in developing a well-rounded view and understanding of the chemical nature of our world. Prep The chemical concepts learnt in Core Chemistry form a platform for this course. An attempt is made to systematise chemical information on the basis of the Periodic Table and a great deal of reaction chemistry is introduced. Students engage in a wide range of practical tasks designed to develop and reinforce a deeper understanding of the ways in which chemical species react together. Examples include investigating neutralisation reactions, the properties and uses of carbon- based compounds, non-metal elements and common compounds used in society, and precipitation reactions. Prerequisite for: Level 2 Chemistry.

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