ASHS Coursebook: 2HEA (Level 2 Health)

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Information icon.svg 2HEA
NCEA Level:
Primary Qualification:
Primary Learning Area:

What is this course about?

This is a University Approved Academic Subject with a full Achievement Standard course. Subject endorsements are available in this subject. Health is an academic subject which allows learners to investigate the various issues which are affecting teenagers in our world currently. It will allow learners to take responsibility for health initiatives around Albany Senior High School and in the local community.

Subject Endorsed Certificates

If you receive 14 credits or more at a Merit level you will gain a 'NZQA Merit Endorsed Certificate in Health', likewise if you get 14 or more Excellence credits you will gain a 'NZQA Excellence Endorsed Certificate in Health'.

The Level Two course will further develop knowledge relating to current youth issues in New Zealand society and how these impact both on individual and community well-being. Students will challenge myths, assumptions and stereotypes in relation to mental health and sexuality and will learn about social justice.
In the level two programme students continue to reflect on the nature of well-being. There is also a strong focus on how to promote and contribute to the well-being of our community. Students will be encouraged to promote their knowledge to the school. This could be done in a variety of forms such as producing a magazine, developing a website, creating a short film or even holding school or community workshops.

What will I learn?

  • Health promotion: You will have the opportunity to take action to influence the well being of others in the school or community environment. You will be responsible for choosing a focus area that links with national awareness day or week and carrying out an action.
  • Gender and Sexuality: You will investigate the factors that may influence issues of gender identity and sexuality, and the potential consequences on relationships and social justice.
  • Mental Health: You will be able to consider how grief and loss from the changes in relationships can impact on the mental health of individuals and the whole of society. How does building resilience help individuals and communities manage grief and loss due to changing relationships?
  • Personal Safety: You will identify ways in which people's personal safety are put at risk e.g bullying, discrimination, harassment and strategies to overcome these situations.
Summary of standards:
NCEA Level: Standard Number: Name of standard: Domain and Version Number: Credits: Assessment: Assessment Dates & Reassessment Opportunities
UE / L1 Literacy:
UE / L1 Numeracy


Evaluate factors that influences people's ability to manage change


29th March
No Reassessment


Analyse issues related to sexuality and gender to develop strategies for addressing the issues.



8th June
No Reassessment


Take action to enhance an aspect of people's well being within the school or wider community.


28th September

No Reassessment



Analyse an interpersonal issue(s) that places personal safety at risk


External Exam Term 4

No Reassessment


Total available credits: 20

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  

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University Entrance Literacy & Numeracy Information

The coded letters under Assessment have the following meanings:

N - L1 and UE numeracy

L - L1 literacy

R - UE reading literacy

W - UE writing literacy

Do I have to do all the standards in the course?

  • YES. You will be entered for all standards in the course and are expected to give your best effort in all of them. The only exceptions will where an individual learning plan is approved by the specialist subject leader after consultation with your parents, tutor and student services.
  • This will only be approved where students have attempted the external topics and find them too difficult, in which case alternative internal standards may be included in their curriculum where able.
  • Students and parents must ensure that the individualised learning plan will still meet the entry requirements for tertiary study.

Frequently asked questions:

Will there be any reassessment opportunities in this subject?

No, you need to ensure you are well prepared for each assessment.

How much will the course cost?

The course is free but a workbook is provided at a cost of $10

What do I do if I miss an assessment, need an extension, have an appeal or need to check authenticity?
There is a process for appeals on internal grades. All work submitted for achievement or unit standards must be your own. If you miss an assessment for any reason you must fill in a Missed assessment form, (available at Reception)

Where can Health Education lead to?
The skills developed in health will be useful for all students and especially those who are interested in careers such as: Ambulance officer, Chiropractor, Dietician, Diagnostic Radiologist, First Aid Instructor, Health and Safety Officer, Hospital Nurse/Orderly, Massage Therapist, Mental Health Nurse, Midwife, Natural Health Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Education or Health Teacher, Primary School Teacher, Police Officer, Rest Home Worker, Social Worker. Health is a university approved subject. NCEA Health credits can be used to gain entry into a degree programme at a New Zealand University.