NCEA LEVEL 1
All students must take THREE consecutive years of Mathematics and Science (Years 9 to 11).
All students must take FOUR consecutive years of English (Years 9 to 12).
A candidate may only take ONE Technology Materials course from TMH (Hard materials), TEL (Electronics), TEP (Engineering Practical) or TMS (Soft materials).
Students take SIX courses including Physical Education and Health. With the Dean’s approval a student may take Physical Education as a seventh course in a before school flexi-time period.
Students studying Level 1 Science in Year 10 must take Level 1 Science Physical and/or Science Biological in Year 11 (Level 2 Biology, Physics, Chemistry cannot be studied until Year 12).
Students studying Level 1 Geography in Year 10 must take another Level 1 Humanities course (Level 1 History and/or Economics and/or Accounting) in Year 11. (Level 2 History and Economics cannot be studied until Year 12).
In some courses there are Achievement Standards, Unit Standards or a combination of both. Different courses offer different combinations to allow for students who would struggle doing a full programme of 22 - 24 credits of Achievement Standards eg. Maths Applied, Science Foundation, Communication English, Hospitality. Some students will be recommended to take a particular course by the Faculty Leader.
Most courses consist of 18 – 24 credits.
To obtain a Level 1 National Certificate a candidate needs to get at least 80 credits. Within the 80 at least 10 will be for Literacy and 10 for Numeracy (see the note on Literacy and Numeracy requirements in the Senior Course Information Booklet 2020
Courses at Level 1 will be endorsed with Merit or Excellence if 14 credits are gained for that grade (or higher). These credits must contain a minimum of 3 credits assessed internally and 3 credits assessed externally. This is a very good way to demonstrate a high level of achievement. The endorsement appears on the level certificate as well as the Record of Achievement.
Certificates at Level 1 will be endorsed with Merit or Excellence if 50 credits are gained for that grade (or higher). This is a very good way to demonstrate a high level of achievement. The endorsement appears on the level certificate as well as the Record of Achievement.
Prerequisites exist for entry into many Level 2 and 3 courses. Make sure you know what these are and work towards meeting them.
Full descriptions of all courses offered at the College are contained in the Senior Course Information Booklet 2020