Level 3 Health - Investigating Drug Use in New Zealand and Alternative Health Practices - Semester A

Although 2021 timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January 2020.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Kindley

This is an advanced and comprehensive course which requires students to undergo independent research and analysis of a variety of issues evident in the world today. These topics include a New Zealand health issue and health practices currently used in New Zealand.

Course Overview

Term 1
Analyse a New Zealand health issue.
Investigating a health issue within New Zealand. The use of Methamphetamine.
The nature of the use of methamphetamine and its implications on the well-being of people and society.
How the major determinants of health influence the issue.
The impact of this drug on a personal and societal level.
Recommending strategies to bring about more equitable outcomes in relation to the health issue.

Term 2
Health practices in New Zealand.
Students learn about the three categories of health practices - scientific, alternative and traditional medicine.
Investigate these health practices in relation to treating the symptoms of Depression.
Research the history, beliefs, procedures, and effects of these health practices.
Compare each health practice and support with credible evidence from medical research.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Health Level 3 NCEA Learning workbook.


Nursing, Army medical careers, Mental health services, counselling, psychology, Sports nutrition, PE and Health teaching, physiotherapy.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91461 v2
Health 3.1 - Analyse a New Zealand health issue
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91463 v2
Health 3.3 - Evaluate health practices currently used in New Zealand
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 10
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 10
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 10
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 10

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.


Course selection will depend on the option lines and student numbers. There is no guarantee that the courses you select now will all be available for you in 2021.

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