NCEA Level 1 Science


Collaborative learning modules

Nature of science edit


1. Investigating in science
  • Develop and carry out more complex investigations, including using models.
  • Show an increasing awareness of the complexity of working scientifically, including recognition of multiple variables.
  • Begin to evaluate the suitability of the investigative methods chosen.

Living world edit


2. Life processes
  • Relate key structural features and functions to the life processes of plants, animals, and micro-organisms and investigate environmental factors that affect these processes.
3. Ecology
  • Investigate the impact of natural events and human actions on a New Zealand ecosystem.
4. Evolution
  • Explore patterns in the inheritance of genetically controlled characteristics.
  • Explain the importance of variation within a changing environment.

Planet earth and beyond edit


5. Earth systems
  • Investigate the external and internal processes that shape and change the surface features of New Zealand.
6. Interacting systems
  • Develop an understanding of how the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact to cycle carbon around Earth.
7. Astronomical systems
  • Investigate the interactions between the solar, lunar, and Earth cycles and the effect of these on Earth.

Physical world edit


8. Physical inquiry and physics concepts
  • Investigate trends and relationships in physical phenomena (in the areas of mechanics, electricity, electromagnetism, heat, light and waves, and atomic and nuclear physics).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of physical phenomena and concepts by explaining and solving questions and problems that relate to straightforward situations.
9. Using physics
  • Investigate how physics knowledge is used in a technological or biological application.

Material world edit


10. Properties and changes of matter
  • Identify patterns and trends in the properties of a range of groups of substances, for example, acids and bases, metals, metal compounds, and hydrocarbons.
  • Explore factors that affect chemical processes.

11. The structure of matter
  • Distinguish between atoms, molecules, and ions (includes covalent and ionic bonding).
  • Link atomic structure to the organisation of the periodic table.
  • Use particle theory to explain factors that affect chemical processes.

12.Chemistry and society
  • Investigate how chemical knowledge is used in a technological application of chemistry.