CH1000 - Chemistry - NCEA Level 1 (course endorsement available)

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What is Chemistry?

People have always been fascinated by the world around us and chemistry is the study of the substances that make up the universe. From the time people worked out how to create fire, chemistry has been at the forefront of exciting discoveries such as the structure of DNA and the use of semiconductors in electronics. Chemistry looks at the behaviour of substances, the changes they undergo to create new ones and the reactions between them. Yet it is more than what happens at a micro level, it is about what it is that makes us, our materials and everything around us. Students learn the essential skills and knowledge needed to analyse scientific information, conduct experiments and research. Chemistry is essential for careers in a wide range of areas including medicine, pharmacy, engineering, environmental science, wine making and food technology.

What this course involves

This course provides an introduction to the basics of chemistry. Students should enrol for this course if they wish to focus on studying the material world and intend to sit at least one externally assessed examination paper.

Students wishing to continue with Level 2 Chemistry should complete at least AS90944: Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases. Students are expected to complete five of the standards listed below.

Delivery Modes

Recommended prior learning

Students should have a reasonable level of literacy.

National qualifications available in this course

Standard Description Version Credits Assessment L1 Lit/Num UE Lit/Num Vocational Pathways
90930 Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction 3 4 Internal
naNumeracy achievement standard
UEnaUE numeracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SSeService Industries sector-related standard
90931 Demonstrate understanding of the chemistry in a technological application 3 2 Internal
laLiteracy achievement standard
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SSeService Industries sector-related standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
90934 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of chemical reactions 4 4 External
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SSeService Industries sector-related standard
90944 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases 4 4 External
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
90945 Investigate implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels 3 4 Internal
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SSeService Industries sector-related standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
90946 Investigate the implications of the properties of metals for their use in society 3 4 Internal
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard
90947 Investigate selected chemical reactions 4 4 Internal
CoConstruction and Infrastructure recommended standard
MaManufacturing and technology recommended standard
PrPrimary Industries recommended standard
SoSocial and Community Services recommended standard
CrCreative Industries recommended standard