Senior School - Years 11 to 13
Courses at Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 all lead towards national qualifications.
Students take six subjects. All subjects on offer at Fiordland College earn credits towards NCEA. These credits will be earned through either achievement standards or unit standards. Some courses will offer both. Some information on the specific mix of assessment used in each subject is given in the course descriptions. Full details of how and when work and learning will be assessed are identified in the Course Outlines students receive at the start of the academic year in every subject. English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory. There are real benefits in keeping a range of subject options open at this level. Students should ideally cover four or more of the “learning areas” to ensure a balanced course of study.
In general, all students in Year 12 will take six subjects. English and Mathematics are compulsory at this level.
There are no compulsory subjects at Year 13. All students must take five subjects, which may be at any level. Any variation to this will be in consultation with the Assistant Principal. Students intending to go on to university should be studying mainly university approved subjects. It is very important that choices are made only after students have carefully checked the pre-requisites for the course of study or career options they are planning for the following year. Universities now have very strict entry criteria, which are based on both the number of credits and grades received.
It may suit students to follow a course in which subjects are studied at different levels. This means that they may take some courses at Level 1, 2 or 3. There may be advantages in this. They can: Make new subject choices to cater for new interests or new career paths: Extend themselves in areas of interest and excellence, Reinforce learning in areas where they experienced difficulties, Improve NCEA Certificate Endorsement.
All this freedom depends on the school having sufficient funding and staffing to maintain choices. It is also subject to students making appropriate choices. With those factors in mind, the Assistant Principal and Principal reserve the right to review each student’s course in the light of the suitability of their choices, the requirements of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the availability of resources. Students will be consulted over any changes that may be necessary.