Year 12 Chemistry

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Blackburn

In Senior Chemistry, students study the materials that make up all matter around us, the properties of these substances and the way they change. This allows us to understand the chemistry going on in the world around us, such as in the foods we eat, the metals and plastics we use, the fuels we burn and the medicines we take to be healthy.

The importance of Senior Chemistry

Chemistry can be described as the 'central science', as an understanding of chemistry is closely related to a range of other science disciplines (e.g. biology, medicine, engineering and environmental sciences). As a school subject, Chemistry complements both Biology and Physics; Biology as it helps to understand the chemical processes that occur in living things, and Physics as both subjects involve the study of the behaviour of matter.

Studying chemistry is important as it helps us learn about the world that we live in. An understanding of chemistry allows us to make educated choices about the materials, products and foods that we use. Chemistry allows us to understand and solve key problems facing our Earth today, like climate change, the use of water, food shortages, antibiotic resistance and curing diseases.

What pathways does Senior Chemistry lead to?

Studying Chemistry at school leads on to a range of science and health related qualifications and careers. Examples include: Analytical Chemist, Nursing, Laboratory Technician, Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering, Forensic Science and Environmental Science

What will be covered in the Senior Chemistry Programmes?

Level 2 Chemistry:

In this course students will develop their basic chemical understanding gained through NCEA Level 1 Science. This involves both a theoretical understanding of chemical concepts and practical skills. The topics covered include organic chemistry, atomic structure and bonding, chemical reactivity and practical chemistry (e.g. titrations, identifying unknown substances).
An emphasis on practical work develops laboratory and research techniques as well as illustrating the theoretical ideas. Chemistry supports most careers in Science. This course provides the opportunity to gain credits towards the numeracy requirements for University Entrance.


Year 13 Chemistry

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1 x Ringbinder, 1 x A4 lined refill, $25 Course Workbook

Recommended Prior Learning

12 Credits from Level 1 Science, including Science 1.5 AS90944

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91164 v2 Chemistry 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure, properties and energy changes
Term: -, Week: -
Term: 1, Week: 11
A.S. 91391 v2 Chemistry 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds
A.S. 91910 v1 Chemistry 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation into a substance present in a consumer product using quantitative analysis
A.S. 91911 v1 Chemistry 2.2 - Carry out an investigation into chemical species present in a sample using qualitative analysis
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 5

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 17 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.