We offer a high quality science education.

Science education contributes to the growth and development of all students, as individuals, to become responsible and informed members of society, and productive contributors to New Zealand’s economy and future.

Science is a compulsory subject at Nelson College from Years 9 to 11. The Year 9 and 10 courses introduce the students to the main areas of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science and Astronomy. Students engage in a range of practical work and learn how to plan, carry out and report on scientific investigations.

Johnnie Fraser

Faculty Leader

Junior Science

Year 9 Science develops an understanding of relationships in the natural, physical world and the skills to explain how and why things happen. These skills include the use of modelling, gathering and interpreting data, using and critiquing evidence to foster the curiosity and the capabilities to engage with science in everyday life.

Year 10 Science continues to develop the skills that were introduced in Year 9 that foster curiosity and an understanding of relationships in the natural, physical world. The focus is on the Nature of Science strand, using contexts from everyday life to encourage all students to become scientifically literate problem-solvers.

Junior Courses

Year 9 Science

Year 10 Science

Year 10 Ivestigative Science – Optional


Senior Science

All Year 11 students are required to study Sciene and will be placed in either: Science or Science and Life Skills

Senior Courses

Level 1 Science – compulsory

Level 1 Science Extension – Option course

Levels 2-3 Biology

Levels 2-3 Chemistry

Levels 2-3 Earth and Space Science

Level 2-3  Physics