NCEA Level 2 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: B. Bell

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of 16 Level 1 Science credits at least 8 credits at Merit level (including AS90940) or above or in consultation with Head of Science. 

It is highly recommended that AS91027 is Achieved with Merit to support the Algebra requirements in this course.

This course needs to be taken if you intend continuing with this subject at Level 3 (Year 13).


  • Practical skills and physical relationships;
  • Light and waves;
  • Mechanics (motion, forces, momentum, energy);
  • Electricity and magnetism; and
  • Atomic physics.

This course leads to a University Entrance approved subject.

Field trip: One day trip to University of Canterbury.




NCEA Level 3 Physics

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Voluntary course contribution:
An optional field trip of approximately $35.

Pathway Tags

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For NCEA Levels 1, 2 & 3 courses will be made up of a selection of the stated standards. This will happen at the beginning of the year with the assigned teacher.