Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Education for Sustainability 2021

General information

Domain

Environmental Sustainability

Method of assessment

Written report

Standards

90831  91736

Information relating to both achievement standards

Candidates should focus on New Zealand contexts for their analyses. Refer to the exemplar material on the Education for Sustainability subject page and Explanatory Note 5 of the achievement standards for more information.

Work submitted that is below curriculum level 8 will not meet the requirements for these standards.

Format of the assessment

These two standards are assessed via a written report. Each standard requires a separate written report. Candidates should focus on the quality of their investigation rather than the length of their report.

Written report

The written report should be a succinct summary of the overall findings, and should provide evidence of the candidate’s analysis in relation to the requirements of the specific achievement standard.

The report is derived from, and draws upon, the larger body of evidence that the candidate has gathered over time. This evidence should not be included in great detail in the report, but must be referenced appropriately.

The material in the report should clearly communicate the candidate’s analysis of the requirements of the achievement standard, and could include:

  • written explanations, summary analyses, and conclusions from key documents
  • summaries of findings from research sources
  • arguments and conclusions
  • annotated illustrations, diagrams, tables and visual evidence.

The use of other sources is considered valid when the candidate:

  • interprets the information and integrates this into their own thinking
  • relates the information to specific context(s) or examples
  • comments meaningfully on the information.

The report must be written in the candidate’s own words. Material from other sources included in the report must be acknowledged.

Presentation

The report should be organised and presented in a way that shows how the requirements of the standard have been met (see the subject page for advice on the report structure).

Standard conventions for report-writing should be followed, e.g. cover page, executive summary, headings and sub-headings for content, and a reference list.

All secondary data sources must be appropriately referenced within the report using a recognised referencing system such as APA or ACS referencing. Such referencing systems necessitate accurate citations in the reference list.

A single report must not exceed 14 single-sided A4 pages (including the cover page, table of contents, executive summary, and reference list) using an equivalent font size to Times New Roman 12. Only the first 14 pages of a report that exceeds the 14-page limit will be marked.

A written report may be submitted to NZQA either in hard copy (typed A4) or in digital format.

Submission and authenticity

Submission instructions and authenticity requirements will be provided for schools at the end of Term 2.

Specific information for individual standards

Standard

90831

Title

Analyse the impact that policies
have on a sustainable future

Version

2

Number of credits

5

Mode of assessment

Written report

Context details

Candidates submit a written report that provides evidence of a systematic analysis of TWO existing policies (and their attendant practices) in relation to their impact on a sustainable future. Independent research and independent critical analysis must be evident in the report.

A recommended report structure is provided at this link.


Standard

91736

Title

Analyse how different world-views,
and the values and practices associated
with them, impact on sustainability

Version

1

Number of credits

4

Mode of assessment

Written report

Context details

Candidates submit a written report that provides evidence of a systematic investigation into and analysis of TWO different world-views and their implications for a sustainable future. Individual research and independent critical analysis must be evident in the report.

A recommended report structure is provided at this link.


Education for Sustainability subject page

Examination timetable

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