Education for Sustainability
Level 3 Achievement Standards
You have the ability to gain the potential of 11 internal credits and/or 4 external credits in Level 3 Education for Sustainability (EfS) or 15 internal credits depending on your pathway.
What should I have already achieved?
You may have a developing knowledge of sustainability and the environment from Geography and /or Science at Level 1 or Level 2. Education for Sustainability requires a high level of English, so you should have 12 credits in English to ensure success and have passed 1 external exam in English Level 2.
What will I learn?
You should be interested in our planet and the ideas of sustainability and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the natural, cultural and built environment. You will have a willingness to discover and explore the environment on a local, regional, national and global scale. You also are willing to get involved in field studies and advocacy within our community, i.e. you are hands-on with the ability to lead or support a project while working with external stakeholders in order to carry out a personal action project that will bring about change for a sustainable future.
Inquiry topics you will research and study in 2023 may include: opportunities to work on projects with guest speakers and /or external community stakeholders via undertaking a personal action project of your choice in order to bring about a change for a sustainable future. For example, banning the sale of palm oil products (or similar) in our school cafe, stream monitoring or pest control practices; Exploring how different worldview perspectives and their practices contribute to sustainability; Evaluate the impact of policies on a sustainable future e.g Predator Free 2050, Eco-Tourism; Participate in field trips to, for example, a Marine Reserve that supports your learning by experiencing first-hand issues facing our oceans and how people are responding to improve these environments.
Learning will take place within the classroom and beyond with two field trips taking our learning and discovery beyond the classroom to support your understanding of your assessments.
How will this course be assessed?
This course will be assessed using a combination of Internal Assessments and External Reports submissions that will be completed during the course of your study this year.
Please note that Level 3 Education for Sustainability (EfS3) does NOT have a written exam in November. Instead, you will complete 1 and/or 2 External Report Submissions throughout the year. These are due to NZQA in October having been completed during in-class and outside of class time.
Assessments will require you to demonstrate your understanding of concepts in relation to case studies using graphs, maps, diagrams and written paragraph answers using relevant terminology and concepts to show understanding of the topic. It is intended that the Internal Assessments and learnings can potentially support your chosen topics for your External Report Assessments.
This course offers you the potential of 15 to 19 credits depending on your learning programme.
Students are expected to complete ALL coursework on time and to their highest abilities.
Will there be any FAOs (Further Assessment Opportunities)?
What are the 2023 Course Costs?
Learning Beyond the Classroom
The purpose of learning beyond the classroom is to connect with natural environments to understand and experience the interactions between people and environments through field investigations and guest speakers.
Field Trip in Term 1: Marine Reserve
The purpose of learning is to explore and understand the interactions of human activity on ocean environments (biophysical) and its implications. You will explore solutions and draw conclusions on their effectiveness for a sustainable future.
This field trip supports Term 1 learning “AS91735 (3.2) Evaluate measures that may be taken to sustain and /or improve a biophysical environment (4 UE Reading credits)” and you may choose to continue to use this learning to inform your own personal action.
Cost: (estimate TBC only) $100 per student. This cost includes ALL transportation and access to the Marine Reserve Education Centre. Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers and external provider price increases.
Field Trip with Guest Speaker in Term 1: Sanford Fisheries
The purpose of this learning is to further your knowledge and to explore and understand the interactions of human activity such as fishing activities on ocean environments (biophysical) and their implications. You will explore solutions and draw conclusions on their effectiveness for a sustainable future. This field trip supports Term 1 learning AS91735 (3.2) “Evaluate measures that may be taken to sustain and /or improve a biophysical environment (4 UE Reading credits)” as well as having the opportunity to support AS90832 (3.5) Develop a strategy for an organisation that will contribute to a sustainable future (5 UE Reading credits)” and/or your personal action project.
Cost: (estimate TBC only) $50 per student. This cost covers transportation (bus/ferry) and a kora for the Guest Speaker. Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers and external provider price increases.
Optional Field Trip in Term 2: Rotorua 2 days / 1 Night.
You will have the opportunity to join the Level 3 Geography Class Trip to Rotorua. Attending this trip is optional.
For those who choose to attend, your focus of learning is on the sustainability of tourism development as it shapes the Rotorua natural and cultural environment through field investigations and guest speakers.
This field trip has the ability to support your External Report AS90831 (3.4) “Analyse the impact that policies have on a sustainable future" (5 Writing & Reading credits)” and /or AS90832 (3.5) “Develop a strategy for an organisation that will contribute to a sustainable future (5 Reading credits)”
Cost: (estimate TBC only) $400 per student. This cost includes ALL accommodation, transportation, guides/guest speakers and meals. Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers and external provider price increases.