Level 3 Health Education

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. McAllister

Health Education at Level 3 builds on concepts developed in Level 2. The main focus of the course is the development of health promotion among young people through the use of critical thinking. Students will develop an awareness of current topical health issues and recognize their own and others’ attitudes and values.  

This course encourages the development of these skills:

• Help young people develop life-long positive attitudes towards the well-being of self and others. 

• Develop knowledge and understanding of health-related concepts. 

• Develop critical thinking skills. 

• Encourage students to take actions that will contribute to the well-being of themselves, others, and society. 

• Students will be involved in self-analysis, group discussion, and social action. 

Course Overview

What is taught in courses varies from year to year. This course could include:
This course covers:

• Examining New Zealand societal health issues, e.g. child poverty

• Disease in the Pacific

• Contemporary and ethical dilemmas, e.g. Euthanasia and public funding for IVF

• Current alternative health practices in New Zealand

Recommended Prior Learning

To be accepted for this course students must have completed Level 2 Health Education and L2 Literacy or have the approval of the HOF.


Physical Education and Health Education are helpful in careers such as: Nursing, event organisation, human resources, police, fire service, P.E. teaching, primary school teaching, recreation/fitness instructing, medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, armed services, research (fitness, health & recreation), managing community sports and recreation, professional sport or coaching, and sports psychology.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 9 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
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
A.S. 91464 v2
Health 3.4 - Analyse a contemporary ethical issue in relation to well-being
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 9
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 9
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 9
Total Numeracy Credits: 0


Please note that courses will go ahead only if student numbers, staffing, and timetabling allow it.  Where a subject is oversubscribed, and there are insufficient numbers or resources to create an extra class, a ballot system may be applied.  


The Board of Trustees has again asked to opt into the Ministry of Education donation scheme. Doing so resulted in the ability to waive student fee donations. Kaiapoi High School aims to deliver quality educational courses over and above those that which is funded by the Ministry. It is likely the School will opt into the donation scheme for 2023, however parental contribution for the costs of trips and activities where participation is optional, and/or components not covered by the Government grant, may be requested. We appreciate the financial support our families make to the School.