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Science Opportunities 2015

The Science faculty at Pukekohe High School offers three pathways in Year 11 Science, these courses all consist of achievement standards that have credits that count towards NCEA level one.


This is an internal standards only course that offers 19-22 credits, depending on the standards available and ability of students. There is no exam at the end of Year 11 for these students.  They will not be able to study physics, chemistry or biology in Year 12 if they are in the Applied Science course unless under special circumstances which require Faculty Leader approval.


Science-A and B

These offer both internal and external standards that total 20-24 credits. The external standards are assessed in an exam at the end of the Year 11. Students must pass all three external exams if they are to study physics, chemistry or biology in Year 12.


It is important for students to realise that it is their assessment results in Year 10 that determine which one of the three courses they are placed into at the start of 2015. The assessments are the end of topic tests and the end of year science exam which is usually early term four.  We encourage parents to monitor their children’s progress in their end of topic tests, homework completion and study before any of these assessments.


Course Composition 

This course is made up of eight science units.


UNIT                                              Time (Periods)  


Nature of Science                                 8


Generation Game                                  15


Light and Energy                                  15


Chemical Mysteries                               16


Current Thinking                                   15


Acids and Bases                                    15


Mammals External or Shaky Ground       8


Planning Investigations                        12

At the end of each unit there will be a written knowledge test. In addition, there will be a test of one of the scientific skills, (including practical skills) with each unit. PLUS…..Year 10 Students will have the opportunity to sit an NCEA external Achievement Standards this year: Biology 1.5 - Mammals as Consumers (AS 90929). More information relating to this will follow at the end of Term 1.

See the Pukekohe High School Assessment / Aro atawai Student Information  in the Student Planner to familiarise yourself with your rights and responsibilities as well as information about:

  • Authenticity
  • Appeals
  • Lateness
  • Reassessments
  • Verification
  • Derived grade procedure
  • Retention of student work


1E5 exercise book listed on the school stationery list. It is your responsibility to purchase a new exercise book as the old one is filled. You will also need to purchase a Year 10 Science Home learning Book with your stationery (available from paperplus). All students must come to class with a pencil case containing their pens, a pencil, and an eraser. You will also need a calculator and a ruler.


There is no set Science textbook which you can take home but you will be issued with any relevant textbooks on a period by period basis.


It is expected that students will do home learning every day they have Science at school (four times a week).  There is a home learning book for each topic with tasks that relate to the lessons completed in class time.

What parents can do:

  • Monitor student diaries
  • Encourage a set time for home learning (science home learning will usually take 15 to 20 mins)
  • Encourage students to complete home learning and hand in assignments
  • Encourage students to put time into studying for assessments
  • Encourage students to  catch up work missed through absence
  • Monitor students’ achievement
  • Attend parent interview evenings – we look forward to meeting you


  • Entering the New South Wales Science competition
  • Franklin Science Fair
  • Big Science Video Competition

Subject Progression: Leads to the senior subjects of Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Horticulture, Physics, Science, and Electronics


Future Pathways:      Medicine, engineering, forestry, conservation, aviation, nursing, marine biology, teaching, architecture, food science and many more. Most of these pathways have multiple career opportunities.


Course Outline
Year 10 - Student Outline - 2017
Science Fair
Franklin Science Exhibition detail
Franklin Science focus - student info