Level 3 Physics (L3PHY)


A challenging journey through invisible force fields, time dilation, quantum theory, phase space and the mathematics of harmonic motion.

What will I learn?

    • The wave theory of light and sound

    • The mechanics of orbiting satellites, Einstein's relativity, vibrations, collisions and explosions.

    • Subatomic particles, antimatter, photons, quantum effects and the nature of matter.

    • The principles of AC electricity, power generation, magnetic fields, radio transmission.

What should I have done already?

You should have had success in all of NCEA L2 Physics (or an equivalent course) and NCEA L2 Statistics or Calculus.

Assessment outline


Assessment regulations

There will be one internal assessment during the year. There WILL NOT be any reassessment opportunities offered.

The final examination in November assesses the three external standards.

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the Student Handbook. The following rules are emphasized here:

Late Work

Work submitted late for the internally assessed standard will not be marked.

If you have a genuine reason why you are unable to submit work by the due date or unable to take part in an assessment on the set day, then you are able to apply for an extension. This should occur prior to the due date/date of assessment, not after. Approach your subject teacher and make your case. Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.

Authenticity and Appeals

These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures. Essentially all work must be your own. If you copy anything from the internet or a book, you must attribute the source of the work. Do not claim it as your own! You have the right to appeal a grade if you consider you have been treated unfairly. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.

Where does this course lead?

Tertiary courses in health sciences, architecture, design, engineering, computing, research science, finance, accountancy and many others.

Indicative costs

For all indicative course costs please see the Course Costs Page.