L3 Chemistry - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Kent

Level 3 Chemistry - Semester A

Analytical analysis of organic compounds is a fundamental skill necessary in all aspects of organic chemistry including biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, environmental science

Chemistry seeks to understand the world around us at the atomic level. By using modern analytical tools and interpreting the outcomes, we are better able to make informed decisions.

Organic Chemistry is fundamental to a range of professional and exciting careers and Chemistry students should develop sufficient scientific awareness and skills to be able to engage with these areas and nurture further interest in them.

Skills and Competencies taught:

  • Research skills - Finding and evaluating information
  • Communication using language, symbols and text - Be able to justify, relate, evaluate, compare and contrast links between structure, functional groups, physical properties and reactivity of selected organic compounds
  • Managing self - Manipulate molymodels to form recognised organic molecules; Follow health and safety guidelines when working with organic compounds
  • Participating and contributing: In practical activities and discussions
  • Carry out practical investigations to identify specific organic molecular groups within groups
  • Relating to others – understand the real world applications of organic chemistry and spectroscopy
  • Ability to interpret spectroscopy and spectrometry graphs
  • Use correct chemistry vocabulary, symbols and conventions

Students wishing to gain UE or Course Endorsement must study both Semester A and B of Level 3 Chemistry.


L3 Chemistry - Semester B

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

It is highly recommended that students selecting this course have completed Semester B of Level 2 Chemistry, however, due to the COVID-19 situation, entry to this course will be on a case by case basis.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91388 v2 Chemistry 3.2 - Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry
A.S. 91391 v2 Chemistry 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 8

* 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: 8 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.