Level 1 Science (L1SCI)


Level 1 Science course will explore all aspects of science including biology, chemistry, physics and planet Earth and beyond. The course provides the background needed to study any of the sciences at Level 2.

What will I learn?

You will study aspects of the following.

What should I have done already?

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Assessment outline


Assessment regulations

There will be two internal assessments during the year. There WILL NOT be any reassessment opportunities offered.

The final examination in November assesses the one external standard.

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 standards 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?

L1 Science provides a background for further study. At Year 12, science splits into Biology, Physics and Chemistry. If you wish to continue with any of the science disciplines in Level 2 there are certain standards that you need to achieve in.

Indicative costs

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