9 Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms E. Cotton

Year 9 Science starts to build the knowledge and skills that students will need to develop to understand and participate in a world that increasingly uses Science and Technology. These skills will provide opportunities to work towards a variety of career choices in a large range of interesting fields.

Topics Studied:

  • LIVING WORLD (Biology): Cells and Microscopes, Animal diversity
  • MATERIAL WORLD (Chemistry): Nature of Matter, Stranded on an Island
  • PHYSICAL WORLD (Physics): Energy, Light and Sight
  • PLANET EARTH AND BEYOND (Astronomy): What is happening to the Earth in space? What’s out there in space?

Course Objectives:
Students in Year 9 will:

  • gain confidence and a sense of belonging in Science
  • begin to develop self-management skills
  • start to build a base of science knowledge and skills
  • begin to develop research, investigative and thinking skills using scientific and evidence based approaches
  • develop ways of working collaboratively with others by adopting different roles
  • explore different ways of communicating.

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

10 Science

Career Pathways

Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Zoologist, Marine Biologist, Forest Manager, Sales Representative, Anaesthetist, Anaesthetic Technician, Microbiologist, Biochemist, Chemical Production Operator, Meteorologist, Forensic Scientist, Personal Assistant, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Tertiary Lecturer, Survey Technician, Aeronautical Engineer, Aeroplane Pilot, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Aircraft Refueller, Product Assembler, Software Developer, Chemist, Architectural Technician, Army Officer, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Collision Repair Technician, Automotive Electrician, Chemical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Metal Worker, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Line Mechanic, Surveyor, Urban/Regional Planner, Science Technician, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Diver, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Industrial Designer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Technical Writer, Medical Imaging Technologist, Electronics Trades Worker, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Engineering Machinist, Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Ranger, Marine Engineer, Food Technologist, Geophysicist, Helicopter Pilot, Locksmith, Train Driver, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Plastics Technician, Project Manager, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, Test Analyst, Network Administrator, Geospatial Specialist, Data Analyst, Fire Engineer, Mining Engineer, Diversional Therapist, Acupuncturist, Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, Registered Nurse, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural Technician, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Air Force Officer, Paramedic, Pathologist, Animal Care Attendant, Statistician, Army Soldier, Medical Physicist, Audiologist/Audiometrist, Beauty Therapist, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Biosecurity Officer, Phlebotomist, Dairy Processing Operator, Clinical Physiologist, Physician, Surgeon, Midwife, Dental Assistant, Podiatrist, Elected Government Representative, Emergency Management Officer, Civil Engineer, Insurance Claims Officer, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Clinical Coder, Dental Technician, Psychologist, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Interpreter, Community Karitāne, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Crop Worker, Oral Health Therapist, Dentist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Dispensing Optician, General Practitioner, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Psychiatrist, Driller, Early Childhood Teacher, Economist, Human Resources Adviser, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Firefighter, Fishery Officer, Forestry Scientist, Pest Control Technician, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Health Services Manager, Health Care Assistant, Naturopath, Immigration Officer, Veterinarian, Insurance Adviser, Massage Therapist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Radiation Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Quarantine Officer, Radiation Oncologist, Youth Worker, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Teacher Aide, Speech-Language Therapist, Sterilising Technician, Psychotherapist, Dairy Herd Manager, Support Worker, Ophthalmologist, Epidemiologist

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Science teacher may recommend that students purchase Education Perfect for Science - the cost is approximately $20.

Students may have the opportunity to participate in an end of year trip. If this goes ahead it would have a cost of approximately $30.

Assessment Information Students will have common assessment tasks in the form of tests for at least one Living World, Material World and Physical World topic. Students may also be given assignments/projects as end of topic assessments. Assessments in year 9 Science cover concepts from Level 4 of the Science Curriculum.
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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.