12ESS

12 Earth and Space Science

Course Description

This course covers a wide range of topics including:

  • How stars and planetary systems are formed and change through their life cycles
  • The interactions between Earth’s four spheres - geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and atmosphere
  • A practical investigation into an aspect of Earth and Space Science and how this relates to natural phenomena
  • Research into extreme environments on Earth, under the oceans and in Space and the adaptations and/or technologies which enable animals and humans to survive
  • How energy from the sun and the centre of the Earth drives important earth cycles and processes.
  • Exploring contemporary Earth and Space Science issues and how they are portrayed by the media

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Workbook $26 plus possible field trip to Auckland Observatory

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 11 Earth and Space Science is desirable.

Credit Information

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. 91187 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.1 - Carry out a practical Earth and Space Science investigation
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91188 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.2 - Examine an Earth and Space Science issue and the validity of the information communicated to the public
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91190 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91192 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of stars and planetary systems
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91193 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 20
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

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Disclaimer

We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.

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