The eight essential learning areas described in the New Zealand Curriculum include English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, the Arts, Technology and Languages.
Over the last three of these learning areas, Year 9 and 10 students select from a range of option subjects.
Students select four half-year option subjects:
- One from the Arts
- One from the Languages
- One from Technology
- A fourth option from any of the above three learning areas.
Students select any two of the full year option subjects listed for Year 10 under the arts, technology, languages, PE and Commerce.
Students study English, Mathematics, Science, and three option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.
NCEA Level 1
The current minimum requirements include:
- 80 credits including:
- 10 credits in literacy
- 10 credits in numeracy
- For subject endorsements, 14 credits at merit or excellence.
- For NCEA endorsement, 50 credits at merit or excellence.
Students intending to enrol at university, or students who are not yet certain of their future destination, are advised to choose option subjects that lead to the university approved list in Year 13. Students need to be aware of the University Entrance requirements, and strive to exceed the minimum prerequisites noted for each subject in successive years at school.
Students study English and five option subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.
Preliminary applications to university rely on Year 12 NCEA Level 2 results.
Students choose any five subjects. Subject descriptions and prerequisites are listed in the curriculum handbook.