13ESS

Level 3 Earth & Space Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Barton

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 subject works well with Geography and expands on some of the learning from level 2.

You will learn to:
• investigate a current isue in an Earth and Space science context that has an impact on individuals and society
• collect scientific information from a variety of sources and report on an investigation
• investigate an astronomical event, discovery or phenomena and explain the science behind this event
• research and understand a range of methods used to date geological events
• link oceanic composition, currents, tides and cycles with phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina
• link atmospheric composition, currents, convection transport and cycles with phenomena such as trends in climate change

Students need to be aware that AS91389 is also assessed in 13CHE


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Workbook approximately $30, Biozone online ESS Academy $12, Field trip $15.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students must have achieved 12 credits in any of 12ESS, 12CHE, 12BIO, 12PHY including *at least one external achievement standard*

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91415 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.6 - Investigate an aspect of astronomy
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91414 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91413 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91412 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.3 - Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91411 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.2 - Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91389 v2
NZQA Info
Chemistry 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us
3
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r,3w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 23
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 23
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 19
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 23

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.