St Mary’s College (Wellington) St Mary’s College (Wellington)

Level 1 Atoms, genes and energy

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Clarke.

Recommended Prior Learning

You should be consistently at Level 5 of the curriculum, but final entry is at the discretion of the HoD or the Teacher in Charge.

You may *not* take this course *and* Level 1 General Science.

Welcome to NCEA Level 1 Science, where we'll take you on a thrilling exploration of three captivating domains: genetics, chemical reactions, and energy in physics! In this course, you'll unravel the mysteries of genetics, discovering the secrets of inheritance and genetic variation that shape all living organisms. Then, dive into the fascinating world of chemical reactions, where you'll witness the magic of substances transforming and interacting. Lastly, explore the fundamental concept of energy in physics, understanding its various forms, transfers, and conservation principles that govern the behavior of the universe. Engage in hands-on experiments and interactive learning experiences that will ignite your scientific curiosity and lay a solid foundation for further scientific endeavors. Get ready for an exciting journey through genetics, chemical reactions, and physics energy, as we uncover the wonders of the natural and physical world!

Learning Areas:



Level 2 Biology, Level 2 Chemistry, Level 2 General Science, Level 2 Physics

Career Pathways

Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural Technician, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Air Force Aviator, Air Force Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Anaesthetic Technician, Animal Care Attendant, Zoologist, Beekeeper, Chemist, Aquaculture Farmer, Marine Biologist, Author, Glazier, Microbiologist, Baker, Farmer/Farm Manager, Biochemist, Metal Worker

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

The opportunity to purchase revision and study workbooks through the school will be offered, but there is no obligation to purchase these. Suggestions for appropriate workbooks will be provided in the student information sheet issued at the start of the year. The cost is approximately $25.


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.