Curriculum Overview

Deadline for course selection - 11 September 2020


The Senior School year is divided into two semesters. Students can choose different subjects and courses in each semester provided they meet any prerequisites. Semesterisation provides our students with more flexibility to create their own unique learning programme because they can choose up to ten subjects a year, if appropriate to their career pathway. The requirements for each year level are listed below.


Year 11/Level 1 - 2021

All students are required to take Ako and Mentoring classes. Mentoring will be automatically timetabled and choosing Ako options for Term One, 2021 takes place at the start of the school year. 

Students will choose FIVE courses and a backup subject per semester. Year 11 students choose from Level 1 courses.

In Year 11, students work towards gaining the New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1. Students must gain 80 credits across five subjects to gain this qualification. 

Students also work towards gaining Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy. 

All Level 1 students are required to take English and Maths in Semester A. If Level 1 Literacy or Numeracy is not gained in Semester A, the student will be required to take Maths and/or English in Semester B.

All students must take one semester of Science in Year 11. This can be in either semester.



Year 12/Level 2 - 2021

All students are required to take Ako and Mentoring classes. Mentoring will be automatically timetabled and choosing Ako options for Term One, 2021 takes place at the start of the school year. 

Students will choose FIVE courses and one backup course per semester. Year 12 students choose Level 2 courses.

In Year 12, students work towards gaining NCEA Level 2 and University Entrance LiteracyThis means achieving standards which offer Reading and Writing University Literacy Credits. Five of each are required to gain UE Literacy. The standard information on each course outlines shows whether the standard offers Literacy Credits, and if so, whether they are Reading or Writing Credits.

Prerequisites

There is the expectation that students should have achieved at least 12 credits in a subject if they are to continue the subject at NCEA Level 2. Some subjects have strict prerequisites that students must meet in order to gain entry to the course.



Year 13/Level 3 - 2021

All students are required to take Ako and Mentoring classes. Mentoring class will automatically be timetabled and choosing Ako options for Term One, 2021 takes place at the start of the school year. 

Students will choose FIVE courses and one backup course per semester. Year 13 students choose Level 3 courses.

In Year 13, students work towards gaining NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance. It is important that Year 13 students who wish to gain University Entrance ensure that they can gain 14 credits in at least three approved subjects, however, it is highly recommended that students aim for four or five approved subjects. This means choosing a subject for both semesters.

There is the expectation that students should have achieved at least 12 credits in a subject including an external assessment (in some subjects) if they are to continue the subject at NCEA Level 3. Some subjects have strict prerequisites that students must meet in order to gain entry to the course.






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