Level 2 Earth & Space Science
Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Barton
The standards and assessments in 2018 may vary slightly from those listed for levels 2 and 3.
Earth and Space Science is a stand-alone subject which looks at our environment and the factors which cause it to be the way it is, and at our place in space. In level 2 we focus more on our local neighborhood – what our planet is composed of, the different environments you might experience, how it is heated and where we fit in our solar system. In level 3 we look outside our own solar system at the possibility of life elsewhere in space, along with having a more academic focus on how our own atmosphere and oceans work – where the heat energy transfers occur and the implications for ocean currents and extremes of weather.
This course leads towards degrees in environmental science, geology and geography at most New Zealand universities. You can also sit Earth and Space Science as a scholarship subject. Taken together with physics it is good preparation for astrophysics or geophysics. It is a good supporting subject for students of geography.
You will learn to:
• carry out practical work, make observations, take and record measurements and evaluate techniques and processes
• identify the processes that have created the local Auckland landscape
• investigate the mechanisms for survival in extremely hot, cold, arid or deep water environments
• discuss how heat and light are produced and cycled within the physical and biological system of the Earth
• explain how stars, planets and moons are formed
Students need to be aware that AS91162 is also assessed in 12CHE and 12SCA
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
Workbook approximately $30 plus two field trips approximately $15 each. Education Perfect (recommended) $20.
Recommended Prior LearningStudents must have achieved 12 achievement standard credits in level 1 Science, (10SCX, 11SCI) including *at least one external achievement standard* or at the Head of Department discretion
Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.