Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 3 Science and Sustainability

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Baars.

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)

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.

Note that one 4 credit Standard (B3.2) is also assessed in the 3BIO course, so students doing both of these courses need to be aware that they can only earn these credits once. 

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.

Learning Areas:

Putaiao - Sciences

Career Pathways

Survey Interviewer, Recreation Co-ordinator, Quarantine Officer, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Social Worker, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, Intelligence Officer, Marketing Specialist, Urban/Regional Planner, Science Technician, Emergency Management Officer, Journalist, Editor, Auditor, Dietitian, Agricultural Technician, Personal Assistant, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Archivist, Ranger, Fishery Officer, Barrister, Pest Control Technician, Rubbish/Recycling Collector, Landscape Architect, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Biosecurity Officer, Immigration Officer, Primary School Teacher