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NCEA assessment: Level 3

At the time of publication, philosophy does not have subject-specific achievement standards, but learning can be assessed using standards from other domains. These include but are not limited to the standards listed below. For more information, see the NZAPT website.

Examples are given for assessment of full-year courses, using a combination of unit and achievement standards at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8, sourced from social studies, art history, classical studies, English, mathematics, religious studies, and science.

When achievement standards for philosophy are available, this guide will reference them.

Suggested achievement and unit standards

The achievement and unit standards listed are all internally assessed unless stated otherwise.

Note: The following achievement and unit standards are all NCEA level 3 and internally assessed.
Standards Area Name/description
AS90720
(4 credits)
English
Produce an extended piece of writing in a selected style.
Topic of choice
US8837
(5 credits)
English
Conduct a seminar using a transactional oral text.
Topic of choice
US7585
(6 credits)
Classical studies
Examine and investigate aspects of classical philosophical and scientific thought.
Ancient Greek thought
US7589
(6 credits)
Classical studies
Analyse the character, philosophy, and methods of Socrates as reflected by Plato.
Socrates
AS90826
(6 credits)
Religious studies
Examine the responses of a religious tradition to a contemporary ethical issue.
Ethics, for example,
genetic manipulation
AS90827
(6 credits)
Religious studies
Compare and contrast a religious tradition with a secular world view.
Philosophy of religion,
political philosophy,
for example, Islam and Marxism
AS90691
(6 credits)
Social studies
Conduct an advanced social studies enquiry independently.
Political philosophy
AS90692
(xx credits)
Social studies
Explain a values position.
Political philosophy

Before using, check that you have the correct version.

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Full information on the draft standards and the alignment process can be found on TKI: Alignment of NCEA standards with The New Zealand Curriculum.

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Last updated July 5, 2012



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