12 Earth and Space Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Rainey

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 11 Earth and Space Science is desirable.

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.

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures
Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

A workbook is recommended for learning enhancement and the cost of this is S26. There is also a field trip to the Auckland Observatory, the approximate cost of this is $15.

Pathway Tags

Astronomy, Meteorology, Environmental Management, Conservation, Geology, Climate Science, Marine Science

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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.