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International Student Course Restrictions

International students should be advised that they are not eligible to participate in fully funded STAR or GATEWAY courses because these courses are only funded for New Zealand residents. Examples of courses that are fully funded are PAT and all GATEWAY courses. In addition Sports Academy, the First Aid component of Yr 12 Health, and the Year 13 Philosophy university course are STAR funded and are therefore not eligible for International students. Course information should make this clear at the start of the year.

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Course and Credits

At Level 1 and Level 2, apart from a few special programmes, courses offer between 18 and 22 credits. There is more flexibility at Level 3. In exceptional circumstances some students may be withdrawn from some credits in a course or have the opportunity to take extra credits. At Level 3, to help ensure students gain UE, extra credits may be offered.

Some subjects offer students the chance to take some Level 1 standards in Year 10, although these will not be credited until Year 11. These are noted in separate chart in the course book entries for these subjects.

Equipment Required

In all senior courses students will need to bring their own ICT device, with keyboard, to every lesson.

Key to Charts

Achievement Standards – in regular font

Unit Standards in italicised font

Internals – at the start of the charts in unshaded boxes

Externals – at the end of the charts in shaded boxes

Course Title: Level 3 Accounting

Course Description:

  • Financial Statements for Companies
  • Partnership Accounting
  • Analysing and reporting on a listed Company
  • Calculating the cost of Jobs
  • Management Accounting and Budgeting
  • Cost Volume Profit Analysis

Course Structure

  • A selection of some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 17 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91405 1 Demonstrate understanding of Accounting for Partnerships 4 Class Test No No Internal Partnerships
91407 1 Prepare a report for an External er that interprets the Annual report of a New Zealand reporting entity 5 Assignment Yes Yes Internal Annual report interpretation
91409 1 Demonstrate understanding of a job cost subsystem for an entity 4 Class test No No Internal Job cost system
91404 1 Demonstrate understanding of accounting concepts for a New Zealand reporting entity 4 Exam Yes No External Accounting concepts
91406 1 Demonstrate understanding of company financial statement preparation 5 Exam No No External Company financial statements
91408 1 Demonstrate understanding of management accounting to Inform decision-making 4 Exam No No External Decision making

Other Information

Costs: $50 for Workbook and Revision Book

Equipment Required: Calculator

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 Art Design

Course Description

  • Art Design Students will consolidate practical design skills and work towards an independent study in design through research and ideas development in response to established design practice.
  • Art Design communicates ideas visually using contemporary design techniques and digital design technology. It encourages idea development using both practical and digital processes. Art Design provides students with an excellent understanding of creative design. Students use Adobe Photoshop software to develop drawing and computer-based design skills
  • Refer to Level 2 Art Design for additional information on the nature of Art Design.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 18 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91445 2 Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to design 4 Design conventions investigation, drawing and Photoshop development s No No Internal Level 3 Art Design drawing standard
91450 2 Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established design practice 4 Artist investigation, drawings, Photoshop developments No No Internal Level 3 Art Design clarify ideas standard
91455 2 Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within design practice 14 3 x A1 folio No No External Level 3 Art Design folio boards

Other Information

Costs: $85.00 includes a visual diary, clear file, USB stick and selected pens and pencils.

Equipment Required: All drawing materials and digital printing will be covered by course costs

Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 Credits for Level 2 Art Design or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Art History

Course Description:

  • Art History level 3 is open to any student who has an interest in decoding meaning and ways of seeing and reading the world through the study of artworks and their context.
  • Level 3 has a strong emphasis on the links between theory, societal change and the individual artist
  • Strong writing skills are a bonus but literacy strategies will be addressed during the year.
  • You do not have to be a practical art student to take this course.
  • Early Modernism (1900-1940) Featured Artists studied; Picasso (Braque and the Salon cubists), the Delaunays, Boccioni, Matisse, Mondrian, Brancusi, Ernst, Kandinsky and the Blue Reiter, Beckmann, Kollwitz, Kirchner, Hoch, Duchamp, Miro, Magritte, Dali

Course Content:

  • ‘Theory unplugged’ – practical approach to understanding either Cubism, Orphism or Futurism
  • ‘I.No.ART’– ppt evaluating media techniques in Art (classwork or student interest area)
  • ‘What’s it worth’ – comparative analysis of the value associated with four artworks

This is a University Entrance approved course with clearly defined pathways at tertiary level.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 16 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91485 2 Examine the impact of media and processes on art works 4 Comparative analysis No No Internal ‘I No.Art’ Level 3 Art History Media standard
91487 2 Examine the different values placed on art works 4 Research presentation No No Internal ‘What’s it worth’ Level 3 Art History values standard
91488 2 Examine the relationship(s) between a theory and art works 4 Essay No No Internal ‘Theory unplugged’Level 3 Art History theory standard
91482 2 Demonstrate understanding of style in art works 4 exam Yes Yes External Level 3 Art History style standard

Other Information

Costs: $35.00. This will also cover the practical exercises, artist model talks and gallery trip(s).

Equipment Required: Students will require a system for note taking and have access to research sites and tools.

Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 Credits for Level 2 Art History/English or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Art Painting

Course Description:

  • Art Painting is designed to build and refine the students critical faculty gleaned from their formative work from Level 2
  • Students will systematically examine and clarify ideas in their own methodology in response to studying appropriate artist models and movements from NZ and International painting practice
  • Students will require an ability to think beyond the square, have a strong work ethic and be committed to the on-going challenge of a highly individualised programme.

Course Content:

  • ‘Narrative’ collaborative mural
    • ‘Inside Out’ drawing conventions – student based content
    • ‘Inside Out’ paintings systematically clarified – student based content
    • Folio Boards – systematic integration and regeneration

This is a University Entrance approved course with clearly defined pathways at tertiary level.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 18 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91460 2 Produce a resolved work that demonstrates purposeful control of skills appropriate to a visual arts cultural context 4 Painted Panel No No Internal ‘Narrative’ collaborative mural unit
91446 2 Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to painting 4 Painting convention investigation, drawing and painting No No Internal ‘Inside Out’ drawing standard
91451 2 Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established painting practice 4 Artist investigation, drawings and paintings No No Internal ‘Inside Out’ extend and clarify ideas
91456 2 Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within painting practice 14 >3 x A1 folio No No External Level 3 Art Painting folio boards

Other Information

Costs: $75.00 includes a visual diary, brush set, paint set, 2B and 6B pencils and one class trip.

Equipment Required: All specialist drawing materials will be covered by course costs.

Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 Credits for Level 2 Art Painting or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Art Photography

Course Description:

  • Art Photography students will develop conceptual thinking skills within a range of photographic practices. As they develop their visual literacy, students are able to engage with a wider range of art experiences in increasingly complex and conscious ways.
  • Students will work on a series of concept-driven, student-centred briefs, they will learn about photography within both analogue and digital frameworks. Discover all aspects of the photographic process – from pre-production (conception and research), to production (directing, lighting, and image capture on location and in the studio), and post-production (editing, processing, manipulating, printing).
  • Students will record, investigate and develop art making in response to relevant established photographic practice – learn to utilise a variety of black and white photographic processes, use DSLR camera, use Photoshop to enhance and manipulate imagery and learn to shoot in the studio and on location
  • Students will develop conceptual thinking skills within a range of photographic practices. As they develop their visual literacy, students are able to engage with a wider range of art experiences in increasingly complex and conscious ways

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 18 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91447 2 Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to photography 4 Photographic convention investigation and drawing No No Internal Level 3 Art Photography drawing standard
91452 2 Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photographic practice 4 Artist investigation, drawings and photography No No Internal Level 3 Art Photography clarify ideas standard
91456 2 Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within photography practice 14 3 x A1 folio No No External Level 3 Art Photography folio boards

Other Information

Costs: $120.00 including all digital printing costs throughout the year.

Equipment Required: Students will also need to purchase photographic paper and film throughout the year.

Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 Credits for Level 2 Art Photography or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Classical Studies

Course Description:

A look at the achievements and lasting influence of classical societies.

  • Understand the military, political and social achievements of Alexander the Great.
  • Look at Alexander’s Oriental Policy through a discussion between him and his most trusted military advisor, Craterus
  • Analyse the significance of Greek Vase painting in the classical world.
  • Look at the lasting influence of Greek mythology through the artworks of two other periods of time

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 22 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91397 1 Demonstrate understanding of significant ideologies in the classical world. 6 Written report/ essay Yes No Internal But Craterus, Don’t You See?
91398 1 Demonstrate understanding of the lasting influences of the classical world on other cultures across time. 6 Written report/ photo essay Yes No Internal Myth Perennial
91395 1 Analyse the significance of a work(s) of art in the classical world. 4 Extended paragraph writing using appropriate primary evidence Yes Yes External Greek Vase Painting
91396 1 Analyse the impact of a significant historical figure on the classical world. 6 Extended paragraph writing using appropriate primary evidence Yes Yes External Alexander The Great

Other Information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: None

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Dance

Course Description:

  • Level 3 Dance is a University Entrance-approved course. Scholarship Dance is offered concurrently with this course.
  • This is an exciting and challenging course which extends students as dance artists. Students have full responsibility for all aspects of a major choreography presented in a Year 13 Dance show. Students research to develop a concept. They explore, experiment and abstract ideas in movement; select, arrange, organise; design, plan and execute the concept. They examine the importance of structure in communication and how ideas are organised in choreography. They analyse how ideas are introduced, developed and progressed through climax to conclusion, with reference to examples of New Zealand choreography.
  • Students will refine their performance skills through the learning and performance of a group dance.
  • Students analyse a professional dance work and construct arguments to explain how ideas are communicated.
  • The course requires commitment, collaboration, creative thinking and self-discipline.
  • Extension standards are available: performance practices; perform a repertoire of contrasting dances.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91588 (3.1) 2 Produce a dance to realise a concept 8 Choreography No No Internal 3.1
91589 (3.2) 2 Choreograph a dance to develop and resolve ideas 4 Choreography No No Internal Develop and resolve
91591 (3.4) 2 Perform a group dance 4 Performance No No Internal Performance
91594 (3.7) 2 Analyse a dance performance 4 Exam Yes No External Dance External

Other Information

Costs: $30 for live performance visits

Equipment Required: Track pants, t-shirt and exercise book

Prerequisites: 12 credits at level 2 or at discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Drama Level Three

Course Description:

  • Refining techniques learnt in Level 2 Drama
  • Using stimulus material to devise a performance
  • Performance exploring a theatre form
  • Scripted Performance
  • Class Production
  • Theatre Visits

Course Structure

  • Students will complete four of the six NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 18 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91512 2 Interpret scripted text to integrate drama techniques in performance 4 Performance and written work Yes No Internal Acting Techniques
91513 2 Devise and perform a drama to realise a concept. 5 Performance and written work No No Internal Devised Theatre
91515 2 Select and use complex performance skills associated with a drama form or period. 4 Performance and written work Yes No Internal Theatre Form
91517 2 Perform a substantial acting role in a significant production. 5 Performance and written work Yes No Internal Production
91520 2 Direct a drama performance 5 Performance and written work Yes No Internal Direction
91514 3 Interpret a prescribed text to demonstrate knowledge of a theatre form or period 4 Written Exam Yes Yes External Theatre Form External

Other Information

Costs: $100 (to cover the cost of a range of theatre trips to enhance the students’ experience of theatre in its various forms)

Equipment Required: Comfortable clothing so you can move. Access to your Google Apps for Education.

Prerequisites: 12 credits at level two and/or HOD approval.

For more information on Drama at WSC please visit our website here

Course Title: Level 3 Economics

Course Description:

  • An introduction to economics methods
  • How do free markets solve the economic problem?
  • What happens when free markets fail to solve the economic problem?
  • What is the current state of the New Zealand economy?

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91401 1 Demonstrate understanding of microeconomic concepts. 5 Portfolio Yes No Internal Micro concepts
91402 1 Demonstrate understanding of government interventions to correct market failures. 5 Assignment Yes No Internal Market Failure
91399 1 Demonstrate understanding of the efficiency of market equilibrium. 4 Examination Yes Yes External Allocative efficiency
91403 1 Demonstrate understanding of macro-economic influences on the New Zealand economy 6 Examination Yes Yes External Macro economics

Other Information

Costs: A workbook ($25), revision book ($20), and a subscription to the eLearn Economics website ($10)

Equipment Required: 1B5 exercise book

Prerequisites: 12 Credits in 12Economics or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 English (Balanced option) & Te Reo Pakeha

Course Description:

  • This course covers all aspects of the English curriculum
  • Students may be offered a choice of task/standard in this course
  • The Balanced option is for students who want to continue with English into year 13. Students who want a more challenging course or wish to enter English Scholarship should choose the Literature option. Having said that, students are still able to gain Excellence endorsement in this Balanced course.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 21 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91475 1 Produce a selection of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains, and structures ideas 6 Writing portfolio No Yes Internal Writing portfolio
91476

91477

1

1

Create and deliver a fluent and coherent oral text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas

OR

Create a fluent and coherent visual text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas using verbal and visual language

3 Seminar/ Dramatic performance/ Spoken Word

Storyboard/ Short film etc.

No

No

No

No

Internal

Internal

Seminar

Create a visual text

91478 1 Respond critically to significant connections across texts, supported by evidence 4 Four logs and a written report No No Internal Connections
91472 1 Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), supported by evidence 4 Exam essay Yes Yes External Written text essay
91473 1 Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), supported by evidence 4 Exam essay No Yes External Film essay

Other Information

Costs: Nil

Equipment Required: Exercise book, refill, clearfile or ring binder.

Prerequisites: 12 credits in level 2 English, or entry at the discretion of the HOD English

Course Title: Level 3 English (Literature option)

Course Description:

  • This course covers all aspects of the English curriculum
  • Students may be offered a choice of task/standard in this course
  • The Literature option is for students who feel English is one of their stronger subjects
  • This course includes study of a Shakespeare play
  • Students who are interested in entering Scholarship English should opt into this course

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the internally assessed NCEA standards listed below. Students will choose two of the three external assessments.
  • Students will complete 21 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91475 1 Produce a selection of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains, and structures ideas 6 Writing portfolio No Yes Internal Writing portfolio
91476

91477

1

1

Create and deliver a fluent and coherent oral text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas

OR

Create a fluent and coherent visual text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas using verbal and visual language

3

3

Seminar/ Dramatic performance/ Spoken Word

Storyboard/ Short film etc.

No

No

No

No

Internal Seminar

Create a visual text

91479 1 Develop an informed understanding of literature and/or language using critical texts 4 Written report Yes No Internal Critical texts
91472 1 Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), supported by evidence 4 Exam essay Yes Yes External Written text essay
91473 1 Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), supported by evidence 4 Exam essay No Yes External Film essay
91474 1 Respond critically to significant aspects of unfamiliar written texts through close reading, supported by evidence 4 Exam – long answer format Yes Yes External Unfamiliar texts

Other Information

Costs: Nil

Equipment Required: Exercise book, refill, clear file or ring binder.

Prerequisites: Merit and Excellence results for level 2 English, at the discretion of the HOD English.

For further, up-to-date information on the assessments offered in this course, see https://sites.google.com/a/wsc.school.nz/level-3-english-wsc/

Course Title: Academic English Language 13ELA

Course Description:

  • This course uses a suite of two English for Academic Purpose Unit Standards to increase students’ skills in academic reading and writing.
  • It is part of the Year 11 to 13 programme that will give credits towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement. (NCEA)

Students will complete 10 credits.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
US 22751 2 Read and process information in English for academic purposes. (EAP Reading) 5 Written Report Yes No Internal Reading EAP
US 22750 2 Write a crafted text using researched material in English for an academic purpose. (EAP Writing) 5 Written Report No Yes Internal Writing EAP

Other Information

Costs: Nil

Equipment Required: Bilingual Paper Dictionary, Vocabulary notebook, Refill

Prerequisites: The EL teacher will guide students according to their English language Level.

Course Title: Level 3 Geography

Course Description:

Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time – past, present, and future. It explores the relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.

Geography investigates the ways in which features are arranged on the earth’s surface. It describes and explains the patterns and processes that create them. At level 3, students learn to:

  • Understand how interacting processes shape natural environments. Coastal Processes that occur at different rates and different scales and produce spatial patterns operating at Omaha.
  • Understand how interacting processes shape cultural environments. The cultural process of Tourism Development that occur at different rates and different scales and produce spatial patterns, in NZ and either Queenstown or Hawaii.
  • Understand how people’s different values and perceptions influence the environment ,(dirty dairying?) have social and economic consequences (global sea level rise) and result in different responses (planning an event)
  • Geographic Skills and concepts are taught throughout the year within these topics and geographic terminology and concepts are expected to be integrated into all of their work. Collection, presentation, analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary data are important skills.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 19 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91428 1 Analyse a significant contemporary event from a geographic perspective 3 Written response with diagrams Yes No Internal
91430 1 Conduct geographic research with consultation 5 Written response with maps, graphs, annotated photos No No Internal People and Environment Research
91431 1 Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue 3 Written response with map Yes No Internal “Dirty Dairying or another current issue
91432 1 Analyse aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale 3 Written response with map No No Internal “Global Sea Level Rise”
91426 1 Demonstrate understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a NZ geographic environment 4 Maps/diagra ms and essay Yes Yes External Omaha
91427 1 Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s) 4 Maps/diagra ms and essay Yes Yes External Toursim Development Queenstown or Hawaii
91429 1 Demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through selection and application of geographic concepts and skills 4 Interpreting resources, drawing graphs and written essays applying concepts Yes Yes External Skills

Other Information

Costs: Compulsory field trip to Omaha approximately $20 and a recommended field trip to Queenstown approximately $850 or Hawaii approximately $2500.

Equipment Required: Calculator, ruler, coloured pencils.

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Health

Course Description:

Throughout the course of study the students will develop:

  • the critical thinking skills of analysing, seeking and applying evidence;
  • understanding of the interrelationships between determinants of health;
  • understanding of different perspectives and ethical dilemmas associated with health issues;
  • research and evaluation skills
  • personal resilience.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 19 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91461 3.1 1 Analyse a NZ health issue 5 Written analysis Yes No Internal Methampheta mine use in NZ by 15-24

yr olds

91463 3.3 1 Evaluate health practices currently used in NZ 5 Research Written analysis Yes No Internal Mental Illness (western; alternative; traditional medicines)
91464 3.4 1 Analyse a contemporary ethical issue in relation to well-being. 4 Research Written analysis Yes No Internal Euthanasia
91465 3.5 1 Examine models for Health Promotion 5 Exam Yes Yes External Health promotion

Other Information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: A4 Ring binder and refill

Prerequisites:

  • Well-developed skills in reading and writing
  • 12 credits at Level 2 Health or (if Level 2 Health was not done) 12 or more literacy credits in Level 2 English or History.
  • Students with fewer credits, must gain approval of the HOD Health

Course Title: Level Three History

Course Description:

  • Research of a person/issue/event of interest to individual students
  • The invasion of the Waikato in the 19th century
  • Causes and consequences of the American Civil War

Course Structure

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 18 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91434 1 Research an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders, using primary and secondary sources 5 Research process Yes No Internal 3.1
91235 1 Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders 5 Written Yes No Internal 3.2
91237 1 Analyse different perspectives of a contested event of significance to New Zealanders 5 Essay Yes No Internal 3.4
91238 1 Analyse the causes and consequences of a significant historical event 5 Essay Yes Yes External 3.5
91239 1 Analyse a significant historical trend and the force(s) that influenced it 5 Essay Yes Yes External 3.6
91236 1 Analyse evidence relating to an historical event of significance to New Zealanders 4 Textual analysis Yes Yes External 3.3

Other Information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: None

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at Level Two History or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Chinese

Description:

  • This course covers up to Level 8 of the NZ Curriculum, and aim to increase fluency, comprehension and confidence in authentic language situations, as well as understanding of the culture differences
  • This course covers topics such as Occupation & Position, Food and Drink, Leisure, Holidays, Customs & Behavior

It is expected that the students can

  • use language variably and effectively to express and justify their own ideas and opinions, and support or challenge those of others
  • use and identify the linguistic and cultural forms that guide interpretation and enable them to respond critically to texts

Course structure:

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below
  • Students will complete total of 18 credits from the standards listed below

Assessment:

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91534 1 Give a clear spoken presentation in Chinese that communicates a critical response to stimulus material 3 Speaking No No Internal 3.2
91537 1 Write a variety of text types in clear Chinese to explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives 5 Writing portfolio No No Internal 3.5
91533 2 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended spoken Chinese texts 5 Listening No No External >3.1
91536 1 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and/or visual Chinese texts 5 Reading No No External 3.4

Other Information:

Costs: yet to be confirmed with provider

Equipment required: A4 size notebook or ring binder/folder, course workbook, personal device

Prerequisites: Students need to have done NCEA Level 2 Chinese and gained at least 14 credits or equivalent, or at the discretion of the subject teacher

Course Title: Level 3 French

Course Description:

  • This course covers up to Level 8 of the NZ Curriculum, and aim to increase fluency, comprehension and confidence in authentic language situations.
  • Topics covered include: environment, leisure, holidays, tourism, jobs, new technologies and latest trends, 1 film study.

Course Structure:

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below
  • Students will complete a total of 18 credits from the standards listed below

Assessment:

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91544 1 Give a clear spoken presentation in French that communicates a critical response to stimulus material 3 Speaking No No Internal 3.2
91547 1 Write a variety of text types in clear French to explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives 5 Writing portfolio, with support of resources No No Internal 3.5
91543 2 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended spoken French texts 5 Listening No No External 3.1
91546 1 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and/or visual French texts 5 Reading No No External 3.4

Other Information:

Costs: $35

Equipment required: electronic device, Tapis Volant Senior workbook, verb wheel.

Prerequisites: At least 14 credits from NCEA Level 2 French.

Course Title: Level 3 Japanese

Course Description:

  • This is a full-year course, which covers up to Level 8 of the NZ Curriculum, and aim to increase fluency, comprehension and confidence in authentic language situations, as well as understanding of the culture differences
  • Topics covered include: Travel and Tourism, Environment, Customs & Habits, Religion

Course structure:

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below
  • Students will complete total of 18 credits from the standards listed below

Assessment:

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91554 1 Give a clear spoken presentation in Japanese that communicates a critical response to stimulus material 3 Speaking No No Internal 3.2
91557 1 Write a variety of text types in clear Japanese to explore and justify varied ideas and perspectives 5 Writing portfolio, with support of resources No No Internal 3.5
91553 2 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended spoken Japanese texts 5 Listening No No External 3.1
91556 1 Demonstrate understanding of a variety of extended written and/or visual Japanese texts 5 Reading No No External 3.4

Other Information:

Costs: $20

Equipment required: Course workbook, personal device

Prerequisites: At least 12 credits from NCEA Level 2 Japanese, or at the discretion of the subject teacher

Course Title: Level 3 Calculus

Course Description:

  • This course includes 3 externally assessed Achievement Standards
  • A fast paced academic course with a strong emphasis on the abstract mathematical concepts of Algebra and Calculus
  • Continuing development of logical problem solving, proof and clear communication of mathematical relationships

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 17 credits (Up to 23 credits)

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91575 3 Apply trigonometric methods in solving problems 4 Test No No Internal Trigonometry
91587 3 Apply systems of equations in solving problems 2 Test No No Internal Systems of equations
91577 3 Apply the algebra of complex numbers in solving problems 5 Exam No No External Complex numbers
91578 3 Apply differentiation methods in solving problems 6 Exam No No External Differentiations
91579 3 Apply integration methods in solving problems 6 Exam No No External Integration

Other Information

Costs: $30 homework and revision resource fee

Equipment Required: Exercise book (Grid), Ruler, Graphics Calculator (we recommend the Casio fx9750)

Prerequisites: Success in External Standards at Level 2 Mathematics including Algebra OR at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 General Mathematics

Course Description:

  • A mix of Mathematics and Statistics topics.
  • Assessed with only internally assessed Achievement Standards
  • Covering the more practical topics at a slower pace than the other level 3 courses

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 16 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91572 3 Use critical path analysis in solving problems 2 Test No No Internal Critical Path
91574 3 Apply linear programming in solving problems 3 Test No No Internal Linear programming
91580 3 Investigate time series data 4 Assignment No No Internal Time series investigation
91581 3 Investigate bivariate measurement data 4 Assignment No No Internal Bivariate investigation
91587 3 Apply Systems of equations in Solving problems 3 Test No No Internal Systems of equations

Other Information

Costs: $15 homework booklet resource fee

Equipment Required: Maths exercise book (Grid), Ruler, Scientific Calculator (we recommend the Casio fx82 or Casio classwiz)

Prerequisites: 12 Credits in a level 2 Mathematics or Statistics course or at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 Statistics

Course Description:

  • This course includes 2 externally assessed Achievement Standards
  • An academic course with a strong emphasis on conceptual understanding and application of statistical principles and probability theory
  • Learn the process of Statistical Investigations and statistical writing
  • Use technology for data analysis

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91580 3 Investigate time series data 4 In class investigation as a report No No Internal Time series investigation
91582 3 Use Statistical methods to make a formal inference 4 In class investigation as a report No No Internal Formal confidence intervals
91583 3 Conduct an experiment to investigate a situation using experiment design principles 4 Group Investigation and individual report No No Internal Statistics Experiment
91585 3 Apply probability concepts in solving problems 4 No No External Probability concepts
91586 3 Apply probability distributions in solving problems 4 No No External Probability distributions

Other Information

Costs: $30 homework and revision resource fee

Equipment Required: Exercise book or Folder, Ruler, Scientific Calculator (we recommend the Casio classwiz) OR a Graphics Calculator is a big advantage (we recommend the Casio fx9750)

Prerequisites: 12 Credits in a level 2 Mathematics or Statistics with at least 2 standards at Merit OR at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 Media Studies

Course Description:

  • Media Studies includes the study of media and society, the creation of media products and an understanding of the way media texts are constructed.
  • Assessment methods for internal topics will be negotiated according to the strengths of students, the range of time available for assessment and as specified in the NZQA assessment conditions document for this subject.
  • Students may submit internal assessment in a variety of forms. For example, written report/essays, in a portfolio collected over time, oral presentations, in a web based form, presented on film

Course Structure

  • Students will complete a selection of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 21 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91494 1 Produce a design for a media product that meets the requirements of a brief 4 Portfolio of planning materials No No Internal Plan documentary
91495 1 Produce a media product to meet the requirements of a brief 6 A short Documentary No No Internal Documentary
91496 1 Demonstrate understanding of a significant development in the media 3 By negotiation No No Internal Significant development
91497 1 Write a media text to meet the requirements of a brief 3 Written media text No Yes Internal Scripts
91490 1 Demonstrate understanding of an aspect of a media industry 4 Written Essay Yes Yes External Industry
91493 1 Demonstrate understanding of a relationship between a media genre and society 4 Written Essay Yes Yes External Genre

Other Information

Costs: $20

Equipment Required: Access to own device, with keyboard and refill for note taking. NOTE: Although it is NOT a requirement (as we have sufficient editing computers in the department), students can edit on their laptops, provided they have Adobe Premiere Pro installed.

Parents/Caregivers must check that the laptop is capable of running this programme if a student intends to use their device to edit.

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 Music

Course Description:

  • Two courses are available – Music Studies (MS) and Making Music (MM). A combination course will be designed to suit members of the class.
  • Students can choose to specialise in performance, composition or musicology
  • At level 3 it is possible to complete a course that does not involve performance

Course Structure

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 14 credits, and a maximum of 24 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91416 1 Perform two programmes of music as a featured soloist 8 Two performances No No Internal Solo perform
91417 1 Perform a programme of music as a featured soloist on a second instrument 4 One performance No No Internal 2nd instrument
91418 1 Demonstrate ensemble skills by performing two substantial pieces of music as a member of a group 4 One performance No No Internal Group perform
91419 1 Communicate musical intention by composing three original pieces of music 8 Portfolio No No Internal Composition
91425 1 Research a music topic 6 Project Yes No Internal Research
91424 1 Create two arrangements for an ensemble 4 Transcription or recording No No Internal Arrangement
91849 1 Compose three original songs that express imaginative thinking 8 Portfolio No No Internal Songwriting
91423 1 Examine the influence of context on a substantial music work 4 Exam No No External Context
91420 1 Integrate aural skills into written representation 4 Exam No No External Aural
91421 1 Demonstrate understanding of harmonic and tonal conventions in a range 4 Exam No No External Theory

Other information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: None

Prerequisites: 12 credits in level 2 Music, proven strength in performance and/or theory, or in consultation with HOD

Course Title: Level 3 – Performing Arts Technology

Course Description:

  • In this course students will learn all the necessary skills associated with the technology of performing arts. Students are encouraged to present their work visually through a video diary, using power point, Pinterest or other on-line technologies. At Level 3 they are given the opportunity to specialise in their chosen disciplines. Students are also expected to earn production credits through technical assistance work at TAPAC:
  • Year 13 should complete 30hrs technical assistance. Students may also complete an appropriate Technology standard in consultation with HOD Drama and HOD Technology. The course covers:
    • Set design
    • Set construction
    • Lighting operation and design
    • Sound and design and set up
    • Costume design
    • Costume construction (technology standard)
    • Make up design and application
    • Stage management
    • Production and publicity management
    • Carpentry and construction

Course Structure

  • Students will complete three of the NCEA unit standards listed below, all standards are assessed internally.
  • Students will complete 18 credits

Assessment Level 3:

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
US28002 1 Research, develop and visually communicate a costume design concept for a given work. 6 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal Costume
US28003 2 Research, develop and apply a stage lighting design concept for a given work. 6 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal Lighting
US28004 2 Research, develop and visually communicate a make-up design concept for a given work. 6 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal Make-Up
US28005 2 Stage-manage a production 6 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal Production
US28006 2 Research, develop and visually communicate a set design concept for a given work. 6 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal Set design
US28007 2 Select and apply a range of processes to enhance sound in a performance context 6 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal Sound
US28008 2 Apply set construction skills to meet a set design concept for a given work. 3 Practical with supporting evidence No No Internal

Set construction

Other Information

Costs: $100 (to cover the cost of a range of theatre trips to enhance the students’ experience of theatre in its various forms)

Equipment Required: Comfortable clothing so you can move. Access to your Google Apps for Education.

Prerequisites: 12 credits at level two and/or HOD approval.

For more information on PAT/Drama at WSC please visit our website here

Course Title: Level 3 Philosophy (Route A)

Course Description:

  • This is a University Entrance approved course – students complete 4 – 5 NCEA Achievement Standards from the Social Studies domain (Social Studies is a University Entrance approved subject).
  • The focus is on Political, Moral and Social Philosophy as well as Philosophy of Religion.
  • The course seeks to extend students’ understanding of philosophical concepts, and to apply them to contemporary social and ethical issues and systems. It also aims to further develop students’ reasoning and research skills, their capacity to make connections across traditional subject boundaries, and their ability to apply complex concepts.
  • The main aims of the course are to stimulate a love of learning and inquiry, and to develop a capacity to question – although success will be acknowledged through NCEA credits.
  • Students will benefit from: well-developed discussion skills, especially a willingness to listen to others; the ability to make connections across subject areas; confidence in considering abstract ideas, and in accepting ambiguity; well-developed writing skills, and the ability to organise notes and resources; self-motivation and a determination to develop independent research skills; prior interest in philosophy, expressed in either a formal or informal, a personal or an educational setting.
  • The opportunity for Merit and Excellence course endorsements is available.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91600 2 Examine a campaign of social action(s) to influence policy change(s) (Social and Political Philosophy – contemporary social issues) 4 Written report No No Internal ‘Campaign of Social Action’
91597 2 Conduct a critical social inquiry (Bioethical issues) 6 Research and report folder Yes No Internal ‘Bioethics’
90827 3 Analyse the key beliefs of a religious tradition and a secular world view in relation to ultimate questions (Origins and death) 6 Essay Yes No Internal ‘Ultimate Questions’
91598 2 Demonstrate understanding of how ideologies shape society (Social and Political Philosophy – political ideologies and the legalisation of euthanasia in New Zealand) 4 Paragraph writing Yes Yes External ‘Ideologies’
91596 2 Demonstrate understanding of ideological responses to an issue (Political ideologies – context changes each year) 4 Resource booklet – paragraph answers Yes Yes External ‘Resource’

Other Information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: Book or folder for note-taking. A device with word-processing capabilities.

Prerequisites: 12 Credits in Philosophy (or another writing-rich subject such as Classics Health or History) at the previous level, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Philosophy (Route B)

Course Description:

  • This is a hybrid course. In the first semester students take a University of Waikato Star Course titled Social and Moral Philosophy. In the second semester students complete up to 5 NCEA Achievement Standards, 4 of which are drawn from the Social Studies domain (Social Studies is a University Entrance approved subject) and 2 of which are external.
  • This is a University Entrance approved course where students complete the NCEA components of the course.
  • The focus is on Political, Moral and Social Philosophy, and on preparing students for the transition to university style learning.
  • The course seeks to extend students’ understanding of philosophical concepts, and to apply them to contemporary social and ethical issues and systems. It also aims to further develop students’ reasoning and research skills, their capacity to make connections across traditional subject boundaries, and their ability to apply complex concepts.
  • The main aims of the course are to stimulate a love of learning and inquiry, and to develop a capacity to question. Success will also be acknowledged through 20 (or 24) NCEA credits and 15 University of Waikato first year undergraduate credits.
  • The opportunity for Merit and Excellence course endorsements is available.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some or all of the NCEA standards listed as per Philosophy Route A Course Outline.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 14 credits.

Assessment

University of Waikato – Semester 1

  • This section of the course is both assessed and accredited externally by the University of Waikato using the following formula: 3 essays totalling 80% + participation in online forum discussion at 20% = 100%.
  • In addition students may complete a 6 credit Religious Studies standard.

NCEA Assessment

In addition to the university paper, students will take some or all of the Achievement Standards offered in Level 3 Philosophy ‘Route A’. An individual programme will be negotiated by the student with the HOD and the Year 13 Academic Director.

Other Information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: Book or folder for note-taking. A device with word-processing capabilities.

Prerequisites:

  • 14 credits in one subject at Level 2 NCEA set by University of Waikato
  • 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 (or higher) in Mathematics or Pangarau set by University of Waikato
  • 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 Literacy (4 reading and 4 writing) in English or Te Reo Maori set by University of Waikato
  • Previous evidence of high academic achievement, discipline, self-motivation, well developed independent research skills, and the ability to work to strict deadlines.
  • The approval of the HOD in consultation with the Year 13 Academic Director.

Course Title: Level 3 Physical Education

Course Description:

In this course students will learn the importance of leading a physically active lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to engage in challenging outdoor activities where they will identify and manage risks and develop leadership skills. Students are required to develop their critical thinking skills, identifying and breaking down common assumptions related to Physical Education. This course has both practical and theoretical components. The common theoretical components include biophysical principles (anatomy, biomechanics and physiology), and sociocultural factors (motivation, society, politics and culture). The practical components include a range of sports games and events throughout the year.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 15 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91500 1 Evaluate the effectiveness of a performance improvement programme. 4 Written and practical assessment No No Internal Training Programme
91501 1 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting. 4 Practical assessment No No Internal Various Physical Activities
91504 1 Analyse issues in safety management for outdoor activity to devise safety management strategies. 3 Written and practical assessment No No Internal Risk assessment
91789 1 Devise strategies for a physical activity outcome. 4 Written and practical assessment No No Internal Amazing Race
91502 2 Optional: Examine a current physical activity event, trend, or issue and its impact on New Zealand society 4 Written Assessment No No Internal Research Topic

Other Information

Costs: Course fees = $120, 2 camps = $400

Equipment Required: Physical Education Uniform, an ICT device

Prerequisites: 12 Credits in Level 2 PE or at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 General Science

Course Description:

Note: Due to the fact that some of the standards studied in Level 3 Biology, Physics, and Chemistry are the same as in this course, students taking the Level 3 General Science course are unable to take a specialist science also.

  • The year 13 general science course will continue to develop a student’s ability of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural and physical world.
  • This course is applicable to students with an interest in science and who want to carry on with science but do not wish to specialise. It will be useful for students who are thinking of a career in nursing or veterinary nursing.

In this course students will:

  • Develop an understanding of the world, built on current scientific theories.
  • Learn that science involves particular processes and ways of developing and organising knowledge and that these continue to evolve.
  • Use their current scientific knowledge and skills for problem solving and developing further knowledge.
  • Use scientific knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the communication, application and implications of science as these relate to their own lives and cultures and to the sustainability of the environment.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 16 credits, and a maximum of 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
AS91601 (B3.1) 1 Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance 4 Laboratory report No No Internal Baboons
AS91602 (B3.2) 1 Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue 3 Written report Yes Yes Internal Issue
AS91604 (B3.4) 1 Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment 3 Written report Yes No Internal Hoeostasis
AS91389 (C3.3) 1 Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us 3 Written Assessment No No Internal Chemical processes
AS91527 (P3.7) 1 Use physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue 3 Written report Yes Non Internal Physics
AS91606 (B3.6) 1 Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution 4 Examination Yes Yes External Human Evolution

Other Information

Costs: $30 for a class trip

Equipment Required: Exercise book

Prerequisites: 12 Credits in a Level 2 science course, or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Biology

Course Description:

  • The course examines the key biological ideas that explain the place of humans in the past (human evolution), present (animal behaviour and plant responses) and future (DNA, genes and biotechnology).
  • Current issues such as the use and effect on our environment of genetically modified organisms will be explored.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 19 credits

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91601 (3.1) 1 Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance 4 Investigation / Lab Report No No Internal Baboons
91602 (3.2) 1 Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue 3 Research / Report Yes Yes Internal GE in NZ
91607 (3.7) 1 Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications 3 Test Yes Yes Internal Liggins/ Biotechnology
91603 (3.3) 1 Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment 5 Examination Yes Yes External Plant & Animal Responses
91605 (3.5) 1 Demonstrate understanding of the evolutionary processes leading to speciation 4 Examination Yes Yes External Speciation

Other Information

Costs: Course workbook: approx. $25. Field Trip: approx. $25

Equipment Required: None

Prerequisites:

  • A minimum of 10 Credits of Level 2 Biology or a L2 Certificate with Excellence.
  • A willingness to read widely to develop interest and understanding and to commit time to independent study.
  • Students with fewer credits may apply to the HOD Science for consideration.

Course Title: Level 3 Chemistry

Course Description:

  • Level 3 Chemistry continues to build on and develop understanding of chemical concepts studied at Level 2.
  • The practical component of this course is based on real world examples including spectroscopic analysis of unknown compounds and commonly used batteries.
  • Students are encouraged to further develop their thinking skills, challenge their understanding of the subject and investigate how Chemistry relates to our society.

Course Structure

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 19 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91387 (3.1) 1 Carry out an investigation involving quantitative analysis 4 Written Report No Yes Internal Titrations
91388 (3.2) 1 Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry 3 Written Assessment No No Internal Spectroscopy
91389 (3.3) 1 Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us 3 Written Report Yes Yes Internal Chemical processes report
91393 (3.7) 1 Demonstrate understanding of oxidation – reduction process 3 Written Report No No Internal Redox
91390 (3.4) 1 Demonstrate understanding of thermo chemical principles and the properties of particles and substances 5 Examination No No External Structure bonding thermochemistry
91391 (3.5) 1 Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds 5 Examination No No External Organic chemistry
91392 (3.6) 1 Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems 5 Examination No No External Aqueous chemistry

Other Information

Costs: Course Theory/Practical Workbook: $30.Course Revision Book: $25.Course Spectroscopy Workbook: $8.50

Equipment Required: Calculator

Prerequisites:

  • A minimum of 12 Credits in Level 2 Chemistry.
  • A willingness to read widely to develop interest and understanding and to commit time to independent study. Students with fewer credits may apply to the HOD Science for consideration.

Course Title: Level 3 Physics

Course Description:

  • The course is divided into four main areas of study:
  • Motion, where student look in depth at circular motion, motion in two dimensions and simple harmonic motion.
  • Waves, a look at the properties of waves and sound in particular.
  • Modern Physics, an introduction to modern atomic theory, including photons, relativity and nuclear reactions.
  • Electricity and Magnetism, the study of DC circuits, capacitance, inductance, AC circuits, generators and transformers.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 23 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91522 (3.2) 1 Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context 4 Written Report No No Internal Rainbows End
91525 (3.5) 1 Demonstrate understanding of atoms, protons and nuclei. 3 Test No No Internal Atomic Physics
91523 (3.3) 1 Demonstrate understanding of wave systems. 4 Examination No No External Waves
91524 (3.4) 1 Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems. 6 Examination No No External Mechanics
91526 (3.6) 1 Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems. >6 Examination No No External Electricity

Other Information

Costs: Course Workbook: approx. $30. Probable Field Trip: approx. $50

Equipment Required: Scientific Calculator

Prerequisites:

  • A minimum of 12 Credits at Level 2 Physics.
  • Students with fewer credits may apply to the HOD Science for consideration.

Course Title: Level 3 Environmental Sustainability

Important Note – All of the credits for this course are Education for Sustainability credits. The course does not offer Science credits.

Course Description:

  • Environmental Sustainability Level 3 encompasses the unique environmental setting, local and global issues in sustainability, and builds students’ competence to deal with life as circumstances around them change.
  • The course aims to build an understanding of issues in sustainability and how these issues affect us in our local area.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
90828 (3.1) 2 Evaluate a personal action that contributes towards a sustainable future 6 Essay Yes No Internal Taking action
91735 (3.2) 1 Evaluate measures that may be taken to sustain and/or improve a biophysical environment 4 Essay Yes No Internal Poor Knights
90832 (3.5) 2 Develop and justify a strategy for an organisation that will contribute to a sustainable future 5 Written report Yes No Internal Strategy
90831 (3.4) 2 Analyse the impact that policies have on a sustainable future 5 Portfolio Yes Yes External Policies

Other Information

Costs: Course Workbook: approx. $25. Potential Field Trip: approx $380 (optional but recommended) OR Potential optional overseas trip – approx $4,500

Equipment Required: None

Prerequisites: A minimum of 12 Credits in Level 2 Environmental Sustainability. Students with fewer credits may apply to the HOD Science for consideration.

Course Title: Level 3 Sports Academy

Course Description

  • Students complete a number of sports performance related Physical Education Level 3 Achievement Standards. Students also complete a number of Outdoor Education Level 3 performance credits related to Rescue Diving (if completed open waters in Year 11 and advanced in Year 12), Sea Kayaking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and Tramping.
  • Practical activities include two 3 day outdoor education camps. The first camp is for Scuba Diving and the second camp will be based around an outdoor education activity.
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Gym membership at the YMCA in Mount Albert
  • Students will complete an SIT paper to gain credits towards exercise prescription.
  • Interest in the outdoors.

Course Structure

Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.

  • Students will complete 12 Achievement Standard credits. Rescue Divers certification, with 7 Level 3 unit standard credits. There is also an Southern Institute of Technology Exercise Prescription paper with 7 Level 3 credits; they also have the opportunity to complete their Refresher for First Aid.

*Students who study Year 13 Sports Academy and PE will achieve UE in the PE domain.
*Students who only study Year 13 Sports Academy will be able to sit additional standards to get UE in the PE domain.

Course Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91501 3.4 1 Demonstrate quality performance of a physical activity in an applied setting. 4 Practical (Diving) No No Internal Diving
91505 3.8 1 Examine contemporary leadership principles applied in a physical activity context. Level 3 4 Written Yes No Internal Leadership Principles
91498 3.1 2 Evaluate physical activity experiences to devise strategies for lifelong well-being 4 Practical and written YES No Internal Developing Strategies for the future
US 6400 6 Manage First Aid in emergency situations 2 Practical No No Internal First Aid A
US 6401 6 Provide First Aid 1 Practical No No Internal First Aid B
US 6402 8 Provide Basic Life Support 1 Practical No No Internal First Aid C

Other Information

Costs: $450 course fees

Spaces are limited

Course Title: Level 3 Design and Visual Communication

Course Description:

  • Architecture: the design of the interior and the exterior of domestic and commercial buildings, spatial design, landscaping.
  • Product Design: the design of products looking at both functional and aesthetic considerations.
  • Idea Presentation: the ability to find the most appropriate method of showcasing ideas to a specific audience – this may be using website, presentation boards, posters, animation, models, video, booklets etc.

These areas are studied further at University level and lead to clearly defined career paths. Design and Visual Communication is the opening to a range of careers, such as Architecture, Landscape design, Interior design, Product and industrial design as well as careers in digital media and game design.

Course Structure:

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 14 credits.

Assessment:

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91628 (3.31) 1 Develop a visual presentation that exhibits a design outcome to an audience portfolio and model 6 No No Internal Exhibition Design
91629 (3.32) 1 Resolve a spatial design through graphics practice portfolio 6 No No Internal Nano house
91630 (3.33) 1 Resolve a product design through graphics practice portfolio 6 No No Internal Product design
91627 (3.30) 1 Initiate design ideas through exploration portfolio 4 No No External Initiate Design Ideas

Other Information

Costs: Students will be asked to contribute $120 to cover consumable items and presentation folders. This includes a Design and Visual Communication kit containing specialist equipment and modeling equipment (graphics pack, acrylic, pro markers, printing).

Equipment: None

Prerequisites: 12 credits at Level 2 or at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 Digital Technology

Course Description:

Students undertake a year long project investigating real world issues within their community and develop a solution through the use of Digital Technology. This gives students a chance to delve into areas of Digital Technology that best suit their interests and future goals with the possibility of creating links within other subject areas.

Students will have an option of level 3 standards which best suit their project in consultation with their teacher.

  • Developing individual digital design projects to solve stakeholder / real world issues.
  • Design and develop conceptual digital designs and prototypes which have the potential to solve these issues.
  • Using digital technologies such as 3D design / 3D printing / electronics / web development and graphic design to implement and document the research and development of a final and finished product

Course Structure:

  • Students will select some of the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 14 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91608 3 Undertake brief development to address an issue within a determined context 3 Digital Portfolio No No Internal Brief
91610 3 Develop a conceptual design considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense 6 Digital Portfolio No No Internal Conceptual
91611 3 Develop a prototype considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense 6 Digital Portfolio No No Internal Prototype
91622 3 Implement complex procedures to make a specified product using a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine 4 Digital Portfolio No No Internal CNC
91635 3 Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome 4 Digital Portfolio No No Internal Media Outcome
91637 3 Develop a complex computer program for a specified task 6 Digital Portfolio No No Internal Programming
91617 3 Undertake a critique of a technological outcome’s design 4 Report No Yes External External

Other Information

Costs: $60 (Project components, 3D printer materials).

Equipment: None

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Fabric Technology

Description:

Students undertake three units of work:

  • Development of a design portfolio and a garment inspired by a chosen designer for “Walk the Line Young Designer Competition”.
  • The philosophy of design. Students study the theory of design considering how we define what good design is, studying a range of successful and unsuccessful examples. We create a case study of an iconic fashion artifact and evaluate it by creating a range of judgement criteria. By the end of this assignment, students will be competent in discussing the philosophy of design.

Course Structure:

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students have the option of completing up to 22 credits with a minimum of 16 credits.

Assessment:

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91610 (3.3) 3 Develop a conceptual design considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense workbook presentation 6 No Yes Internal Walk the Line Young Designer Competition
91611 (3.4) 3 Develop a prototype considering fitness for purpose n the broadest sense workbook presentation 6 No No Internal Walk the Line Young Designer Competition
91621 (3.21) 3 Implement complex procedures using textile materials to make a specified product workbook presentation 6 No No Internal Walk the Line Young Designer Competition
91617 (3.10) 3 Undertake a critique of a technological outcome’s design report 4 No Yes External “What is good design”

Other Information

Costs: $120 (fabric, notions, embellishments)

Equipment Required: All equipment and materials are supplied as part of the course

Prerequisites: 12 credits at level 2 or at the discretion of the HOD

Course Title: Level 3 Hard Materials

Course Description:

Hard Technology is the study of designing products for specific situations and their influence on contemporary society. Students learn about materials, techniques and processes used in the design industry through a balance of practical projects focussed on students’ interests, and theory based projects to deepen student knowledge and understanding.

In this subject students develop skills in ideation, woodwork and joinery, rapid prototyping, laser cutting, plastic forming, drawing, modelling, graphic application and I.T.C programmes such as Sketch-up 3D, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Students will also learn the theory to successfully critique designs in contemporary society. The course focusses on the following.

  • ALL aspects of Technological Practice including research, concept generation and evaluation of practice.
  • Workshop practices AND CNC/Digital design and manufacturing
  • An entirely Achievement Standards based course
  • Critiquing designs in society

Course Structure

  • Students will be able to select from the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete a minimum of 16 credits

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard

91620 (3.20)

3 Implement complex procedures to integrate parts using resistant materials to make a specified product 6 report and artifact No No Internal Laptop stand
91610 (3.3) 3 Develop a conceptual design considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense. 6 portfolio and artifact No No Internal Bluetooth speaker design
91622 (3.22) 3 Implement complex procedures to make a specified product using a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine 4 portfolio and artifact No No Internal Widget Project
91617 (3.10) 3 Undertake a critique of a technological outcome’s design 4 Report No Yes External External

Other Information

Costs: Students will be required to pay $120 to cover “take home” consumable materials. If students wish to make projects which exceed $120 in materials it is expected that they will meet these additional costs (wood, acrylic, speaker components, metal).

Equipment Required: All necessary equipment will be provided.

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Food Technology

Course Description:

The Food Technology Industry is one of New Zealand’s biggest employers. This course is designed to give students a broad vision of all aspects of the food industry ranging from hospitality to Food processing and design. It is university recognised and offers the possibility of endorsement for able students.

This course consists of the following:

  • Students will develop skills learned during Level 2 Food Technology. They will complete a range of Achievement Standards. The achievement standards will allow pupils to work independently and have more choice with their creations.
  • Students will develop skills in coffee origin and practical barista skills- this will involve them setting up and running their own coffee shop.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 20 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91611 3 Develop a prototype considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense 6 Written (project form) and practical assessment. No No Internal Main project design & make a product
91608 3 Undertake brief development to address an issue within a determined context 4 Written project No No Internal Main project design & make a product
91643 3 Implement complex procedures to process a specified product (barista/ coffee course) 6 Written (project form) and practical assessment. No No Internal Barista standard
91617 3 Undertake a critique of a technological outcome’s design 4 Report No Yes External 3.10 report

Other Information

Costs: $120 (ingredients, biodegradable takeaway packaging).

Equipment Required: None

Prerequisites: 12 Credits at the previous level or at the discretion of the HOD.

Course Title: Level 3 Te Reo Māori

Course Description:

This course, although distinctly separate in its qualifications follows very closely to Year 12. It is strongly suggested that Level 2 has been completed to have a full understanding of theme content and level of fluency required. It will adopt the same theme titles for module study. Māori Performing Arts credits will be available to those that have participated in the school kapahaka competitions this year.

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students will complete 28 credits.

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
91650 1 Whakarongo kia mōhio ki te reo Māori o te ao whānui 4 Written Test No No Internal “Whakarongo”
91651 1 Kōrero kia whakamahi i te reo Māori o te ao whānui 6 Oral No No Internal “Korero”
91654 1 Waihanga tuhinga whai take i te reo Māori o te ao whānui 6 Written No Yes Internal “Tuhituhi”
91652 1 Pānui kia mōhio ki te reo Māori o te ao whānui 6 Reading Exam Yes No External External A
91653 1 Tuhi i te reo Māori o te ao whānui 6 Written Exam No Yes External External B

Other Information

Costs: None.

Equipment Required: Students are encouraged to have access to a Māori language dictionary at home (paper or digital)

Prerequisites: Level 2 Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira, or at least 4-5 years background in Te Reo me ōna Tikanga

Course Title: Level 3 Te Reo Rangatira

Course Description:

He kōwae ako tēnei, e arumia ai te paerewahanga o te karahipi. He mea whakangungu te paerewa 2 Reo Rangatira [NCEA] e te ākonga e anga atu ana kia maoa ai tana matatau mō te paerewa 3 Reo Rangatira [NCEA]. E tika ana kei te arohia tōna mita e te ākonga kia tika mō te paerewa o te reanga 13TRR. Ko te whainga matua i ō te manako mō ngā ākonga kia noho rūmaki mārika tōna mita a Iwi, tōna reo rangatira i te pō, i te ao. Ka amoria tonutia ngā kaupapa arotake i ngā pūkenga mō tēnei ahurewa akoako, arā, ko te tuhi, pānui, kōrero, mātakitaki me te whakarongo. Ka 36 ngā whiwhinga o tēnei kōwae ako. Ka taea e te ākonga te taunaki kaiaka, te taunaki kairangi rānei i te whāia ngā aromatawai nei.

[Korekore ka taea hoki ngā whiwhinga mō nga mahi toi e ngā ākonga mehemea ka whaia ai tērā marau ako i te tau nei]

Course Structure

  • Students will complete all the NCEA standards listed below.
  • Students can complete 36 credits

Assessment

Standard Number Version Number Full Standard Name Credits Assessment Method University Entrance Literacy Reading University Entrance Literacy Writing Internal/ External Student Friendly Name For Standard
AS91803 V1 Te tātari i te kōrero ohorere hei whakaputa i te kōrero tene 3 Kōrero Kāo Kāo A – roto Kōrero
AS91805 V1 Te Whakarite i ngā putanga pūrakau 4 Kōrero Kāo Kāo A – roto Kōrero
AS91807 V1 Te Whakarite i te whaikōrero rangatira 5 Kōrero Kāo Kāo A – roto Kōrero
AS91809 V1 Te tito i te upoko pukapuka 6 Tuhi Kāo Ae A – roto Tuhi
AS91810 V1 Te tūhura i te reo takitaki 4 Tuhi Kāo Ae A – roto Tuhi
AS91817 V1 Te whakarite i te rautaki whakawhanake reo 4 Kōrero Kāo Kāo A – roto Kōrero
AS91804 V1 Te tātari i te ahunga o te reo 3 Pānui/ Tuhi Ae Kāo A – waho Pānui/ Tuhi
AS91806 V1 Te tūhura i ngā tuhinga raupeka 4 Tuhi Kāo Ae A – waho Tuhi
AS91808 V1 Te Whakaoti tuhinga 3 Tuhi Kāo Ae A – waho Tuhi

Other Information

Costs: None

Equipment Required: Students are encouraged to have access to a Māori language dictionary at home (paper or digital)

Prerequisites: 12 credits at Level 3 Te Reo Māori or Level 2Te Reo Rangatira, or at least 4-5 years background in Te Reo me ōna Tikanga

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