11 Agriculture and Horticultural Science 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Coadette Low.

Agricultural and Horticultural Science in Level 1 provides students with a basic understanding of livestock and pasture management, environmental impact and practical farm skills. Science is studied in the form of applied anatomy and physiology, and health of both soil, plants and animals. An appreciation of how food and fibre is produced, along with the importance of the primary industries to the New Zealand economy will be gained through the learning.

There are four assessments in total. One internal is NCEA-assessed (life processes within the primary production system), with the remaining three assessed by MAGS (geographic distribution of primary production, soil properties and their management practices, and sustainability of producing primary products).

This subject leads on to Agricultural and Horticultural Science at Level 2 and 3, and Agribusiness at Level 2 and Level 3. At Level 3 both Agricultural and Horticultural Science and Agribusiness are University Entrance Approved subjects.  From there it leads to tertiary qualifications which can be undertaken at farm cadet schools, training colleges or (for the more academic students) universities.  There is a vast range and number of employment opportunities within the primary industries here in New Zealand and abroad. 

N.B. to study Agricultural or Horticultural Science at university it is recommended that a student studies Chemistry at Level 2.


Achieved grades in 3/4 of the assessments in the Year 10 Agriculture & Horticulture course and/or achieved grades in 2/3 of the assessments in the Year 10 Science course.

OR HoD approval

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*11AG1* - Supplementary costs: Approx $30 for resources
NB: This course may contain field trips that will be offered, but are not compulsory. The cost of these will be given prior to each trip.


Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91928 v3
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of how a life process is managed in a primary production system
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 6
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 6
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0