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

Level 3 Chemistry

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Clarke.

Recommended Prior Learning

Require a minimum of 14 credits from Chemistry Level 2, which must include two externals from either AS 2.4, AS 2.5 or AS 2.6.

Students will learn to appreciate and understand the many ways our lives are touched by chemistry. The course is based on practical experiments, relevant modern chemical theories, and analytical techniques. Students will learn in a visual manner about the patterns of chemical behaviour and central concepts of chemistry. Students who intend to study chemistry at a more advanced level, e.g Health Sciences will receive a solid foundation for further study.

The course includes 2 internal assessments:

  1. Oxidation-reduction reactions - carrying out and explaining these types of reactions in the context of batteries and electrolysis.
  2. Spectroscopy - learn to interpret spectra to identify key parts of the structure of a molecule.

You will also have 3 external examinations:

The external assessments all build on to the content covered in Level 2 Chemistry;  Thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances, Organic Chemistry, Equilibrium principles in aqueous systems.

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Acupuncturist, Registered Nurse, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Paramedic, Anaesthetist, Pathologist, Veterinary Nurse, Zoologist, Chemist, Marine Biologist, Medical Physicist, Microbiologist, Chemical Engineer, Biochemist, Biomedical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Metal Worker, Phlebotomist

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.