Health Science - Anatomy and Physiology

This course is a level 3 and level 4 course in anatomy and physiology of the human body. It is designed to give a pathway for students to follow further study in health or prepare them for careers in the health field. Students will build their knowledge from microbiology up through to the systems of the body. This will involve theory and practical learning both as individuals and groups.  This course would be recommended for students who are serious about studying in a health-related field or to follow a career in the health industry.


Campus: Whitireia Porirua
Cost:  Free
Days: Wednesday
Hours: 9.00am – 2.30pm (half hour lunch) 
Equipment: Protective clothing and safety equipment is provided if appropriate 
Travel: This is provided free, subject to students meeting the MoE requirements 
Dates:  Wednesday 10 February – Wednesday 10 November (34 weeks), normal school holidays apply 
Application:  Students must be enrolled in a secondary school in the Wellington region and be enrolled in the WTA by their secondary school 
Interview: Students must attend an interview. We encourage a family member or school representative to attend 


NCEA Level 3 with credit towards Vocational Pathway award


On successful completion of this course, students will have gained 20 credits (6 Level 3 Credits & 15 Level 4 Credits)

Learning Outcomes

A student successfully completing this strand will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of how these systems of the body function
  • name and describe the different organs involved in the function of these systems
  • demonstrate how these systems work together to maintain a bodies correct function

These are all demonstrated in a health and well-being setting.


Assessment is competency based against unit standard outcomes and related evidence requirements.

They will follow the processes required by NZQA and relevant industry requirements as outlined by the relevant Industry Training Organisations.


Students will be assessed against the following criteria:


Course Title Level Credits Version

Health Science





27457 Describe anatomy and physiology of systems and organs of the human body 3 6 4
12700 Describe the cardiovascular system of the human body 4 3 5
12706 Describe the digestive system of the human body  4 2 5
12713 Describe the integumentary system of the human body  4 1 5

12719 Describe the human muscular skeletal system 

4 2 5

12728 Describe respiratory system of the human body 

4 3 5

12730 Describe the special senses of the human body 

4 4 5

Study Pathways 

NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Health) (Level 4) Whitireia

NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Social Services) (Level 4) Whitireia 

NZ Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7)

Bachelor of Nursing Māori (Level 7)

Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (Level 7)

Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) (Level 7)