3ESS

Level 3 Earth and Space Science*

Course selection will be active in August.

Course Description

This course covers topics such as geological dating of the rocks of the local area, how the ocean and atmospheric systems work, a choice of an investigation in either an Earth or space context and a look at the possibility of life or the conditions for life in other parts of the solar system. Students will be able to explain these concepts as well as designing and carrying out a practical experiment to collect data and test relationships.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Scientific thinking
  • Geological dating of rocks of the local area.
  • Self management
  • The processes in the Ocean OR atmospheric systems.
  • Experimental analysis
  • A self- managed investigation into an ESS topic chosen by the students.
  • Written communication
  • Investigating the possibility of life or the conditions for life in other parts of the solar system.

Field trips (no cost) will occur mostly in term 1, but there is a possibility of a visit to RocketLab and AUT’s large radio telescope. Most field trips will depart and arrive back at school during school hours.


Resources Required

1B8 or 1E8 exercise book or similar
14J8 refill graph paper
ESA Level 3 Earth and Space Science Learning Workbook (recommended)
Scientific or graphic calculator

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91410 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.1 - Carry out an independent practical Earth and Space Science investigation
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: Y
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. 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. 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. 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
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 20
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 16
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 20

This course is University approved and will allow you to meet the requirements for University Entrance.

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