Year 11 - 13: Course Requirements
NCEA LEVEL 1
All Students will study SEVEN subjects. English, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Religious Education are compulsory. Students choose THREE other subjects.
What about Science?
It is strongly recommended that students choose Science at Level 1. Physical Science is for those who know they are aiming for a degree/career that requires Chemistry and Physics. This course focuses on those two areas specifically and gears students towards those subjects at levels 2 and 3.
General Science will provide a solid foundation for both Chemistry and Physics as well as Biology but, as the name suggests, it is more of a general science course for those students who are not too certain of which area they will focus on.
Environmental Science is for students who are interested in Biology, Ecology, and Geography. This course is cross-curricular and offers standards from both the Social Sciences and Science subject areas.
Doing science keeps many career pathways open, so we strongly recommend you choose one of the above. If you don't choose Science in Year 11, Mr. Cowie or your dean will likely meet with you to check in with your career plans.
Across Level 1 there is a mixture of Achievement Standard and Unit Standard courses available. Generally, students who choose a Unit Standards course are unable to move on to an Achievement Standard-based course at a higher level in the following year.
It is important for students to maintain a well-balanced subject mix which ensures choice and flexibility in the following years.
There are a mixture of one-year Achievement Standard and two-year Unit Standard courses available at Level 2.
Those students who have gained 15 or more credits in individual subjects, can progress to level 2 in that particular subject only. This is subject to individual subject / HOD Suggested Prior Learning and Achievement.
Students studying at Level 2 will study Religious Education at this level and those subjects that they have met the Suggested Prior Learning. To attain NCEA Level 2, Students must study ENGLISH
In choosing a course for succeeding years students must be careful to see that subjects to be taken at Level 3 have their grounding in Level 2 (especially Mathematics, Sciences, Languages, Visual Arts and Accounting)
NCEA LEVEL 3
Students studying at Level 3 will study Religious Education at this level and those subjects that they have to met the Suggested Prior Learning. Those students who have gained 15 or more credits in individual subjects, can progress to level 3 in that particular subject only. This is subject to individual subject / HOD Suggested Prior Learning and Achievement.
Students need to be aware of the new University Entrance requirements if they wish to enter University in the following year.
Scholarship opportunities are available to those students who meet the academic criteria (decided yearly). Scholarship subjects (Level 4) are studied concurrently with Level 3 NCEA subjects.
The course of study will be individually determined for each student in consultation with the Year 13 Dean.