Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Rainey
The Year 12 Chemistry course relates to Level 7 of The Material World strand of the New Zealand Curriculum. This course is designed to follow on from the Year 11 Chemistry course.
Chemistry is about understanding the properties of different substances and how these substances can change. Chemistry allows us to predict how substances may alter when the surrounding conditions change, or how they may react to form new substances, and to explain why this happens. Chemists are continually changing matter into new and more useful forms.
Chemistry goes on continuously, all around us; in plants that make food and in animals that digest this food, in the burning of fuels and corrosion of metals, in the formation of snow and ice, in industries that supply us with all our household products, and in the many biological processes that maintain the living world.
Chemists use their understanding of atoms, molecules and ions to explain and predict the properties and behaviour of different materials.
Course Achievement Objectives
The objectives of the Year 12 chemistry course are to enable students to:
- investigate and describe production, properties and uses of substances
- understand and use chemistry concepts and patterns to explain properties of matter
- obtain, interpret and use a range of chemical information
- gain practical skills in handling substances and manipulating equipment safely.
Quantitative Chemistry, Organic Substances, Chemical Reactivity (Reaction Rates, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases), Bonding, Structure, Properties and Energy Changes of Substances, Oxidation and Reduction Reactions.
Recommended Prior Learning
Year 11 Chemistry
Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements
$20 for Education Perfect, recommended for learning enhancement.
Assessment InformationIn addition to the NCEA assessments, you will be provided with practice tests in class as time allows.
You will be given an opportunity for a practice assessment on the externally assessed achievement standards through the school examinations. Your exams will be returned, along with a set of answers, so will be available to use as revision for the external assessments.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.
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.