NCEA L3 Chemistry

NCEA Level(s)

Course aims / learning outcomes

  • NCEA Level 3 chemistry goes much more in-depth with the topics introduced in 7CHE (such as organic chemistry, equilibria, properties and structure of matter, and thermochemistry) while also introducing brand new, exciting, and challenging topics (exoplanet spectroscopy and redox chemistry).
  • Students must have earned credits in NCEA Level 2 chemistry standards in order to be accepted into this course.


Course content

  • Refer to table below, and course descriptors.


Assessment statement

  • A total of 21 Achievement Standard credits are offered within this course, all at NCEA Level 3.
  • Most students will likely want to target some, but not all of the credit opportunities - decisions will be made, in conversation with the learning advisor, dependent on student goals, their level of independence and attitude to learning.  
  • To earn 14 credits to have chemistry as one of your three UE subjects, you'll need to pass two external exams and two internals, or three external exams.
  • A student preparing for the scholarship exam must do all three external assessments to have the breadth of knowledge required to pass the scholarship exam.
  • Assessment work for internal assessments will be completed in class.



  • Assignments that take place over time will be produced in an online system such as Google Docs. Learning Advisors will monitor student work by accessing document history. A portion of work will need to be completed during class time under Learning Advisor supervision. 
  • Class tests will take place under supervised test conditions within class.
  • Students may be required to sign an authenticity statement, perform certain parts of assessment tasks under close supervision, or show through interview and the existence of notes and supporting material that the work submitted by the student is genuinely his/her own work.


Appeal Procedures

  • Students have the right to appeal the mark they have been awarded. If a student wishes to appeal a grade, they should initially talk to the subject learning advisor about the marking process immediately after the marked assessment task is shown to them. If still dissatisfied the student should make an appointment and discuss grades with the Principal’s Nominee who will check that the correct procedures have been followed as outlined in the school and subject policies taking into account any special circumstances.


Table of Assessments

NumberNameCredit valueInternal or ExternalLiteracy Numeracy UE Reading/WritingWhenReassessment opportunityType of assessment
AS91388Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry3InternalNoneTerm 1NoWritten report (digital preferred), in-class.
AS91391Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds5ExternalLiteracyTerm 1NoExam
AS91393Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction processes3InternalLiteracyTerm 2NoWritten report (digital preferred), in-class
AS91390Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances 5ExternalLiteracyTerm 2-3NoExam
AS91392Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems5ExternalLiteracy, numeracyTerm 3NoExam