Level 3 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Sharp

Recommended Prior Learning

12 or more Level 2 Physics credits (including Physics 2.4 (AS91171)
and Physics 2.6 (AS91173).
Other students may be considered at the discretion of the
HoD Science.

Year 13 Physics builds on the concepts of Year 12 Physics and equips students for the NCEA
Level 3 Achievement Standards. It also provides an interesting course of study of the physical
world for general educational interest and career advancement.
On completing this course students should be able to:
•understand the concepts and principles of Physics and their use in familiar and unfamiliar situations.
•demonstrate the skills of investigation, problem solving, experimentation and communication.
•link the Physics learned with applications, technologies and the lives of people.

The Year 13 course concentrates more on practical work and the understanding of ideas rather than solving problems mathematically. The course covers motion (including rotational and simple Harmonic motion) waves, electromagnetism (complex circuit analysis and alternating current theory) and atomic Physics.

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Software Developer, Medical Physicist, Sound Technician, Electronics Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Fabrication Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Building and Construction Manager, Surveyor, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Meteorologist, Telecommunications Engineer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Geologist, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Engineering Machinist, Information Technology Architect, Environmental Engineer, Marine Engineer, Geophysicist, Train Driver, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Plastics Technician, Test Analyst, Network Administrator


A set of 2 workbooks are provided by the department for use as texts. However, if a student wishes to write in her workbook, she can purchase them at a cost of $30.

Students also need a graphic calculator.

It is of benefit to students to bring a laptop to lessons although they will not be disadvantaged academically if they do not. They may need to access a Chromebook from school instead.
$15 contribution to Education Perfect