L1PSC

Physical Science Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs K. Jom

This course aims to develop students' investigative skills and helps them to appreciate the nature of Physics and Chemistry and its relevance to every-day life and people. Through practical experience wherever possible, the student is encouraged to develop the necessary practical skills to handle and manipulate equipment safely and to make, record and process chemical and physical observations.

Students will choose a mixture of 5-6 Science, Chemistry and/or Physics standards. The course prepares students for the Year 12 Physics, Chemistry and Biology courses.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS 90944 Acids and Bases
The study of this standard involves linking aspects of acids and bases. It may involve explaining, elaborating, justifying, relating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting, or analysing. This may require the use of chemistry vocabulary, symbols and conventions (including names and formulae), and writing balanced symbol equations.

AS 90947 Investigate selected chemical reactions
The study of this standard involves explaining, elaborating, justifying, relating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting, or analysing the links between the classification of reactions, observations and equations, and the formation of precipitates and solubility rules. This requires explanations that use chemistry vocabulary, symbols and conventions (including names and formulae), including writing balanced symbol equations.

Term 2
AS 90932 Demonstrate understanding the aspects of carbon chemistry
The study of this standard involves linking aspects of carbon chemistry when explaining, elaborating, justifying, relating, evaluating, comparing and contrasting, or analysing. This may require the use of chemistry vocabulary, symbols and conventions (including names and formulae) and writing balanced symbol equations.

AS90940 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics
The study of this standard involves providing evidence that shows how or why phenomena, concepts, and
principles are connected in the context of given situations. Statements must demonstrate an understanding of connections between concepts.

AS90935 Practical physics investigations
This investigation is an activity that includes collecting, processing and interpreting data. The investigation must lead to a linear mathematical relationship.

Term 3
AS90937 Demonstrate understanding of electricity and magnetism involves providing evidence that shows how or why phenomena, concepts, or principles are connected in the context of given situations. Statements must
demonstrate an understanding of connections between concepts.

Term 4
Revision to prepare for external examinations.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, it is recommended that you would have achieved mostly 'Merit' or 'Excellence' in Year 10 Science, English and Maths.

Helpful Accompanying Subjects:
• Mathematics
• Geography
• English

Assessment Information

The students are offered 5 achievement standards worth 4 credits each.
The sole internal standard offered is a practical based investigation and will be assessed in term one under exam conditions.
The four external standards offered are assessed by NZQA at the end of the year.

Pathway

Career Pathways

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 40 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 28 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90930 v3
NZQA Info
Chemistry 1.1 - Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction
4
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 90932 v3
NZQA Info
Chemistry 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of carbon chemistry
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90933 v4
NZQA Info
Chemistry 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of selected elements
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90934 v4
NZQA Info
Chemistry 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of chemical reactions
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90935 v3
NZQA Info
Physics 1.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction
4
4
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 90937 v3
NZQA Info
Physics 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of electricity and magnetism
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 90938 v3
NZQA Info
Physics 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of wave behaviour
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 90940 v3
NZQA Info
Science 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics
4
4
4
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 90944 v4
NZQA Info
Science 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases
4
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90947 v4
NZQA Info
Science 1.8 - Investigate selected chemical reactions

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard in line with NZQA guidelines

4
4
4
4
4
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 40
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 20