3SUS

Level 3 Science and Sustainability

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Baars

This is a course for students wanting to do a Level 3 science course for career or interest without specialising in one or more of biology, chemistry and physics. Students will explore different aspects of one issue during the year. Assessment will be largely internal, with one external assessment so students can pursue a course endorsement if they wish.


Subject Overview

Term 1
The Issue - identifying why the issue is an issue - this includes developing a science-based understanding of the issue.

Term 2
Sustainability - analysing the impact of world views, values and practices on sustainability - working out why the issue became an issue.

Term 3
Possible solutions - analysing a range of solutions and identifying the issues and implications involved.

Term 4
How do we know we are making an impact? Evaluating measures taken to improve the environment.

Recommended Prior Learning

It is recommended that you have L1 Literacy and have gained at least 4 credits in a L2 Science course (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Sustainability)

Career Pathways

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
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. 91602 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
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
A.S. 91735 v2
NZQA Info
Education for Sustainability 3.2 - Evaluate measures that may be taken to sustain and/or improve a biophysical environment
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91736 v2
NZQA Info
Education for Sustainability 3.3 - Analyse how different worldviews, and the values and practices associated with them, impact on sustainability
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 15
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 7
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 15
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 15

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.

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