Year 12 Physics    (12PHY)

The following topics are covered:

  • Mechanics
  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light and Waves

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 23 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.

Internal Standards

  • P2.2 (AS91169)  Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context  (3 credits)
  • P2.5 (AS91172)  Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics  (3 credits)

External Standards

  • P2.4 (AS91171)  Demonstrate understanding of mechanics  (6 credits)
  • P2.6 (AS91173)  Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism  (6 credits)
  • P2.3 (AS91170)  Demonstrate understanding of waves  (4 credits)


Year 13 Physics    (13PHY)

The topics covered in the Year 13 Physics course are:

  • Mechanical Systems
  • Modern Physics
  • Electrical Systems
  • Wave Systems

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards NCEA Level 3.

Internal Assessments

  • P3.2 (AS91522)  Demonstrate understanding of the application of physics to a selected context  (3 credits)
  • P3.5 (AS91525)  Demonstrate understanding of modern physics  (3 credits)

External Assessments (End of Year Exams)

  • P3.3 (AS91523)  Demonstrate understanding of wave systems  (4 credits)
  • P3.4 (AS91524)  Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems  (6 credits)
  • P3.6 (AS91526)  Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems  (6 credits)


Year 13 Physics Scholarship    (13PHX)

This class is designed to prepare students for Physics at a tertiary level by developing key critical thinking skills and building on key physics concepts.  The class also aims to increase students’ Merit and Excellence endorsement at Level 3 Physics.

The topics covered in the Year 13 Physics Scholarship class are the same as 13PHY above, however content is covered at a faster pace, and with greater emphasis on the mastery of content knowledge and communication required for Scholarship papers.  Physics Scholarship workshops are also included in the Scholarship programme throughout the year.


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