L3 Chemistry - Semester B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Kent

Level 3 Chemistry - Semester B

Integration and application of chemistry concepts is a fundamental skill necessary in all aspects of analytical chemistry including biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy, environmental science, chemical engineering

Chemistry seeks to understand the world around us at the atomic level. By understanding the fundamental concept of the atom, nuclear attractive forces and interactions we are better able to make informed decisions.

Fundamental Chemistry concepts are a prerequisite 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 properties of particles, the properties of substances they form, thermochemical principles and related calculations.
  • Managing self - Follow health and safety guidelines when working with organic compounds; Recognise and apply understanding of NCEA level of questions when designing problems for Atomic Chemistry
  • Participating and contributing:
  • Carry out practical activities to determine enthalpies of reactions and distinguish physical properties of substances
  • Relating to others – understand the real world applications of organic chemistry and spectroscopy
  • Use correct chemistry vocabulary, symbols and conventions

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

Prior Learning & Prerequisites

Students must have completed Semester A of Level 3 Chemistry.

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. 91389 v2 Chemistry 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us
3r,3w *
A.S. 91390 v2 Chemistry 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances
A.S. 91393 v2 Chemistry 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction processes
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 11

* 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: 11 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 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.