PH3000 - Physics - NCEA Level 3 (course endorsement available)

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What is Physics?

Physics is the study of the matter and energy that makes up the physical world. It offers an insight into the fundamental ways the world works scientifically and its relationship with technology. This includes topics such as light, sound, heat, movement, forces, atomic physics as well as electricity and magnetism. Ākonga encounter many key scientific ideas and concepts that support study in other science subjects and related areas such as engineering and health science.

What this course involves

This course is designed for ākonga interested in studying sciences, engineering, medicine or veterinary science at tertiary level and other physics-related technical studies at diploma level.

The main themes of the course are mechanics, waves, electricity and modern physics. It builds on the theory already covered in Level 2 Physics, so it is essential that ākonga who intend to study this course have successfully completed NCEA Level 2 Physics and have studied trigonometry, algebra and graphing in Level 2 mathematics.

This course offers 29 credits of which 16 are externally assessed by NCEA examination in November.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

NCEA Level 2 Physics or equivalent. Ākonga with limited pre-requisites are advised to contact a physics kaiako to discuss their programme.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
91521 Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a nonlinear relationship 2 4 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91522 Demonstrate understanding of the application of physics to a selected context 2 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91523 Demonstrate understanding of wave systems 2 4 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91524 Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems 2 6 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91525 Demonstrate understanding of Modern Physics 2 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91526 Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems 2 6 External
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
91527 Use physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue 2 3 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
UElraUE literacy reading achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard