Senior Y11-13

YEAR 11 Handbook 2019

Students choose six subjects of study for the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1.

Courses in English, Mathematics and Science will be compulsory with three further subjects chosen from: Design and Visual Communication (DVC), Digital Technology, Drama, Geography, Health, Hospitality, Music, Physical Education, Sustainable Rural Development, Te Reo Maori, Technology - Building and Construction and Visual Art - Painting.

The list of available subjects may change, depending on student demand. Other subjects are available through FarNet (online learning) or Te Kura (the Correspondence School).

NZQA Explanation of NCEA (Video)

Year 12 Handbook for 2019

Students choose five/six subjects of study for NCEA Level 2.

Please note that from 2019 English is NOT compulsory.

Six subjects can be chosen from: Biology, Building and Construction, Chemistry, Digital Technology, Drama, English, Geography, Gateway, Star and Trades Support, Graphics and Design, Health, Hospitality, Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics,  Music,  Physical Education, Physics, Sustainable Rural Development, Te Reo Maori, Tourism, Visual Art-Painting and Young Enterprise. Other subjects may be available through FarNet (eLearning School) or Te Kura (The Correspondence School), e.g. History, Classics, Accounting, Economics, Media Studies and so on.

This list is not, however, exclusive. Students will be able to make up a course from Level 1 and 2 subjects, after consulting with the Careers Adviser  or the Year 12 and 13 Dean, Mrs Cameron.

Check the university entrance requirements in the Handbook very carefully; they changed from 2014.

Year 13 Handbook for 2019

The following subjects are offered at Year 13: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry,  Drama, English, Gateway, Star and Trades Support, Geography, Graphics and Design, Health, Hospitality, Music, Physical Education,  Physics, Statistics with Modelling, Hard Materials Technology, Tourism, Visual Art-Painting and Young Enterprise Scheme.  Other subjects may be available through FarNet (eLearning School) or Te Kura (The Correspondence School).

The Level 3 Hospitality course is run in partnership with NorthTec as part of the Te Taitokerau Trades Academy programme (TTTA). Students enrolled in the Cookery Academy will be eligible to gain the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery Level 3 which is recognised throughout the hospitality industry. The course consists of 60 NCEA L3 credits. After attending an introductory week long course, students attend NorthTec for one day a week as part of their school studies. An 80% attendance requirement is essential to ensure students have the best chance of success. On successful completion of this course, the expectation is that these students will be eligible to apply for Level 4 Cookery Programmes. 

We can also provide subjects and qualifications to meet the needs of students not going on to university by linking some students with Year 12 classes. Credits are thus available at NCEA Levels 2 and 3.

Work placement (Gateway) and leadership opportunities are available.

Courses tailored to student needs are developed after consultation with the Careers Adviser, and the Year 12/13 Dean, Mrs Cameron


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