Senior Course Guide
Onewhero Area School offers a wide range of Senior Courses, at all year levels. A lot of professional discussion and consultation goes into designing subjects and their course work. This offers senior students the best opportunity to achieve Level 1 to 3 NCEA. The decisions to be made on future courses should not be taken lightly. Read through the useful information in this site, on what to think about when selecting courses, pathways, and further study options. Decisions made now can affect choices and possible opportunities, in future years. We strongly suggest discussing these decisions with parents, the Careers Advisor (Mrs Pam McArley), and the Senior Leader for Curriculum (Mr Jamie L’Huillier). Please note that standards that may be listed for some courses are subject to change. Other course details, such as, fee required, can change due to unforeseen circumstances. All parents will be made aware of changes, if and when they occur. Students will need to have money on their photocopying/printing account, for most courses. This can be paid/topped up at the Student Office.
For in depth discussion of course prerequisites, contents and pathways and for 2022 Semester Course Descriptions go to: https://sites.google.com/byod.onewhero.school.nz/oascourseguide/2021-courses-overview
Once you have investigated thoroughly and made and checked your choices, go to Google form you gave been sent to register your choices
Level 1-3: Selecting Your Subjects for Next Year
The information in this guide is designed to help students choose subjects for next year carefully. The subjects selected are crucial for the future, so it is important that students choose the right pathway. The further students go in the Senior School, the more difficult it becomes to change their direction. That is why the very best advice is to keep as broad a range of subjects for as long as possible. Keep in mind the following:
It is important to have a healthy interest level in the subjects you are choosing.
- Some subjects can lead to a career path, but some may provide a base for a lifelong interest or hobby.
- The skills that you may learn through a subject can be just as important as the knowledge content.
- Some tertiary providers & job training courses do require you to have taken certain subjects.
- Some tertiary providers & job training courses see more importance in doing a broad range of subjects.
- It can be helpful to research different options & what they would require.
- Be realistic! Keep in mind your level of achievement, your ability, & your interest in certain subjects
Before you select it would be a good idea to complete the following statements:
- When I leave school I would like to leave with NCEA Level ………….
- When I leave school I would like to become a …………………….
- I am not sure of what I want to do post-schooling, but I have considered ……………..
- I would like to go to University to study …………………
- I may need University Entrance approved subjects, which are ……………………….
- I really enjoy the subjects of ………………………….
- I have achieved success in the following subjects at school …………………
- I have the pre-requisites needed for the following subjects ………………
- Where could this subject lead to in the future ………………………
- I have discussed my options with my parent/guardian/Careers Advisor and ………….
- In choosing these courses the minimum number of possible credits on offer would be ….
- Are my subjects Unit Standard based, Achievement Standard based, or a mixture ……
- Do my courses meet the entry requirements of the tertiary course/apprenticeship etc…..
Entry Requirements for Level 1-3 subjects at OAS
In each Level 1-3 subject description, departments have specified how the following school-wide procedures for entry will be applied. Students can find this information in the Subject Descriptions under the headings:
- Entry Requirements:
- This Course Leads to:
Entry Requirements for NCEA Level 1
Year 10 students have automatic entry into NCEA Level 1 courses. However, the HODs of Mathematics and English will recommend which Level 1 course that students should study, in accordance with individual learning needs and based on results gained during Year 10.
Requirements for Level 1 NCEA
Students studying towards Level 1 NCEA should select a course in each of these Learning Areas: English or Literacy and Mathematics or Numeracy. They can then select four other courses.
Level 1 students must ensure they select courses at an appropriate level of difficulty:
- All Level 1 courses are assessed by Achievement and/or Unit Standards and earn credits towards NCEA Level 1 and, in some cases, another National Certificate. To achieve NCEA Level 1, students need 80 credits.
- Achievement Standard courses are more academic focused & follow on to further tertiary study.
- Unit Standard courses are more vocational focused & follow on to Certificate/Diploma study, Apprenticeships & entering the work-force.
- Included in these 80 credits must be 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits. (See NZQA note below)
Minimum of 10 credits through either:
- Achievement Standards – Specified Achievement Standards available through a range of subjects (minimum total of 10 credits), or
- Unit Standards – package of three Literacy/Numeracy Unit Standards (total of 10 credits – all three required).
Requirements for Level 2 NCEA
There are no compulsory subjects, however read below for those intending to keep the University pathway open. They must choose 6 options. Level 2 students must ensure they select courses at an appropriate level of difficulty:
- Most Level 2 students will study courses that are assessed by Achievement and/or Unit Standards and earn credits towards NCEA Level 2 and, in some cases, another National Certificate.
- To gain NCEA Level 2, students need 80 credits, 60 of which must be at Level 2.
- Level 2 Literacy will also need to be gained to achieve University Entrance. This is 10 credits (5 in reading & 5 in writing) gained through Level 2 English, or through mostly Level 3 Achievement Standards, from other courses.
- Level 2 students who intend going to University are advised to take at least five courses listed as University Entrance approved subjects.
- In addition, many tertiary courses have specific requirements to meet, often as detailed as a certain amount of credits from a particular subject. It is important that students research University course requirements early, so that they choose the correct subject pathways.
Requirements for Level 3 NCEA
Level 3 students can choose up to six full year courses. There is the possibility of being given a line of ‘study’ but this is at the discretion of the DP. It will depend upon what other subject’s students are taking. Please see Jamie if you think you may be eligible for a study line.
Level 3 students must ensure they select courses at an appropriate level of difficulty:
- Level 3 students will study courses that are assessed by Achievement and/or Unit Standards and earn credits towards NCEA Level 3 and, in some cases, another National Certificate.
- To gain NCEA Level 3, students need 80 credits, 60 of which must be at Level 3, and 20 credits at Level 2 or above.
- Level 2 Literacy will also need to be gained to achieve University Entrance. This is 10 credits (5 in reading & 5 in writing) gained through Level 2 English, or through mostly Level 3 Achievement Standards from other courses.
- Level 3 students who intend going to University are advised to take at least five courses listed as University Entrance approved subjects.
- In addition, many tertiary courses have specific requirements to meet, often as detailed as a certain amount of credits from a particular subject. It is important that students research University course requirements.
- For a benefit-based application the fee payer must be receiving a Work and Income (WINZ) or Study Link benefit, or have a Community Services Card.
- For an income-based application fee payer must be eligible for a Community Services Card (but do not currently have one).
- For a multiple candidate application fee payer must have two or more children (2) taking these qualifications in the same year, regardless of income.
Application forms are available from the Principle’s Nominee: Mrs Ritchie – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifications Offered at OAS
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement – NCEA
NCEA Levels 1 – 3
For a student to be awarded NCEA Level 1:
- 60 credits at level 2 or above; plus
- 20 credits at any level, even if gained for any other National Qualification.
- There are no literacy or numeracy requirements for this qualification
- 60 credits at level 3 or above; plus
- 20 credits at level 2 or above, even if gained for any other National Qualification.
In many subjects, students are assessed through Achievement Standards, which identify the national standards students must achieve. Some are internally assessed by subject teachers during the year and others are assessed by external examination at the end of the year. There are four possible grades students can be awarded: Not Achieved, Achieved, Merit or Excellence. Each Achievement Standard is typically worth about 2 – 5 credits and the amount of credits offered for each subject varies.
Subjects that do not have Achievement Standards are assessed through Unit Standards. These subjects generally have strong links with Trade & Industry. Some subjects have a mix of both Achievement Standards and Unit Standards. The two possible grades students can be awarded are either Not Achieved or Achieved. Like Achievement Standards, Unit Standards have a credit value that counts towards the NCEA qualification. Unit Standards are all internally assessed.
From July each year students can log on using their National Student Number (NSN) and view their results to date. Internally assessed results will be posted periodically through the year.
In January, NZQA posts externally assessed results on the website. Students will then be able to access their full Record of Achievement. This will include:
- The Achievement Standards and/or Unit Standards the student entered
- The credit value of each
- Whether they are internally or externally assessed
- The grade achieved
- The number of credits gained in each standard
Note: Students will need to have registered on the NZQA website, and also have paid their NZQA annual fee, to access these results. They are no longer posted out, unless requested.
If 50 credits at Excellence are gained, then the NCEA certificate will be endorsed with Excellence.
Likewise, if 50 credits at Merit (or higher) are gained, the NCEA will be endorsed with Merit.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
at least 3 of these credits come from externally assessed standards and 3 credits come from internally assessed standards.
Note: this does not apply to Physical Education, Religious Studies and Level 3 Visual Arts (as these are fully internally assessed). These subjects can have subject endorsement without external credits.
Not Achieved Results
If students do not achieve internal assessments for unit or achievement standards, this will be reported on their annual Result Notices.
Record of Achievement
Here is the minimum you need to achieve in NCEA to qualify for University Entrance. Students must meet all of the following
- NCEA Level 3 (60 credits or more at L3)
- Three subjects – at Level 3 or above, made up of:
- 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
- Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of
- 5 credits in reading
- 5 credits in writing
- Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
- Achievement Standards – specified Achievement Standards available through a range of subjects, or
- Unit Standards – package of three numeracy Unit Standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).
The 10 credits at Level 2 Reading and Writing need to be from the NZQA approved list of Standards
University Entrance represents the minimum entrance to University and does not guarantee you a place. Some courses have limited entry and have additional requirements – make sure you find out what these are!Check out the Career Contacts page for links to relevant tertiary providers.
University Approved Subjects taught at OAS
- Mathematics with Calculus
- Mathematics with Statistics
- Te Reo Maori
- Visual Art
- Physical Education
- Business Studies
- Digital Technologies
- Health Education
For a full list go to this link.
- The rank score will be calculated by awarding the following points for up to 24 credits in each approved subject taken at Level 3. The maximum rank score is 320. Excellence 4 points Merit 3 points Achieved 2 points
- Credits obtained in any required subjects do not have to be among the best 80 credits used for ranking purposes.
- NCEA Level 3 credits achieved in previous years may be counted towards the 80 best credits used for ranking purposes.
- Level 3 subject requirements for a specific programme may be met in Year 12.
- You are strongly encouraged to take achievement standards as preparation for University study.
|Programme||Rank score, subject and credit requirements|
|Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)|| 230|
A minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table A
and a minimum of 16 credits in one subject from Table B.
Subject to the qualitative evaluation of a portfolio of creative work and written statement.
|Bachelor of Arts (BA)1||150|
|Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)2||180 with a minimum of 16 credits in each of three subjects from Table A and/or Table B.|
|Table A||Table B|
|Classical Studies |
History of Art
Te Reo Māori OR
Te Reo Rangatira 2
*Cannot be used in combination with Calculus &/or Statistics
Other Courses of Study
In addition to the subjects listed here in the guide, students at Level 1, 2 or 3 may also be able to study courses through Te Kura. To successfully study courses by correspondence students need to be very good at time management and self-motivated. The courses can’t already be offered through the school, and an academic interview needs to occur with Mrs Hopoi or Mrs McArley. Students will need to have a real interest/passion in the subject, or there is a clear link with this subject, to their future Career Pathway.
The Gateway programme is an exciting option offered to specific Level 1, 2, or 3 students. It offers a pathway from school to the world of work through structured workplace learning. Students take work placements, in an industry that interests them, for typically one school day per week, for 10 weeks. The programme encourages students to achieve a target of 20 Unit Standards that are industry specific and will also contribute towards their NCEA results. The school Gateway coordinator can assist with finding suitable work placements and helps students to build their individual learning programmes (selecting relevant Unit Standards).
The Gateway programme gives students opportunities to try out potential careers and build links to industry training and/or Modern Apprenticeships. The programme is free to eligible learners and costs are covered for transportation and any workplace equipment/safety gear required by students.
This is not seen as being one of your subject selections. If you are chosen to take part in the Gateway programme it will be ‘as well as’ your other courses. Students who are not sitting ‘all’ achievement standard courses would get preference. The programme is designed to provide a pathway from school to:
For further information/inquiries about GATEWAY please contact our school’s co-ordinator:
|Link||Where and Why|
|Careers NZ||Everything you may need to know about jobs & study|
|School Connect||Information about Trades & Tertiary providers|
|Auckland University||Central Auckland|
|Auckland University of Technology||Central Auckland|
|Bay of Plenty Polytechnic||Tauranga|
|Canterbury University||Christchurch – Canterbury|
|Lincoln University||Lincon – Canterbury|
|Massey University||Palmerston North, Wellington, Manawatu, Albany, Distance|
|Otago University||Dunedin – Otago|
|Southern Institute of Technology||Invercargill, Christchurch, Distance (zero fees)|
|Waikato University||Hamilton – Waikato|
|Wintec||Waikato Institute of Technology – Hamilton|
|Defence Careers||Army, Air Force & Navy careers|
|Agriculture – there’s a career for everyone||Agriculture/Farming/Dairy|
|Future in Tech||Engineering, Technology, Science|
|HITO||Hairdressing & Barbering|
|Service IQ||Aviation, Travel, Tourism, Museums, Hospitality, Retail & Wholesale Sectors of NZ’s Service Industry.|
|Competenx – skilss for industry||Engineering, Bakery, Fire Protection, Forestry, Furniture, Glass, Locksmithing, Plastics, Printing, Signmaking, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.|
|BC ITO||Building and Construction Aprenticeships: Brick & Blocklaying, Carpentry, Tiling, Masonry, Painting & Decorating, Joinery, Flooring, Kitchen & Bathroom Design,Cement & Concrete, Exterior Plastering, Glass & Glazing,Interior Systems, Frame & Truss Manufacturing|
|Skills – Equipping Kiwis for workplace success||Electrical, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Rigging, Security, Contact Centre, Ambulance, Plumbing, Roofing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying, Crane Operating, Scaffolding, Offender Management, Financial Services.|
|Connexis – Infrstructure ITO||Civil Plant Operating, Pipelaying, Surveying, Civil Engineering,Rural Contracting, Roadmarking, Project Management, Electrical Supply|
OAS Curriculum Advisors
The following staff members will be able to assist you when making decisions about your options next year. They can let you know if you meet the entry requirements for a subject, or give you more information about a particular course, or Career pathway. The HOD’s of each Learning Area will be able to help you with any subject within their domain.
Rutherford SMT Leader
HOD Social Sciences
HOD Hard Materials
HOD Health & PE
Health & PE
Whea Anna Ronaki
Hillary SMT Leader
Te Kanawa SMT Leader
Ngarimu SMT Leader
HOD Food Technology
Te Reo Maori
Matua Kramer Ronaki