The Social Sciences prepare you for the world. You will get the most out of our wonderful world if you understand its diversity, its development, its issues and its humanity.

The Social Sciences provide students with a wide range of opportunities to broaden their experiences and skills to enable them to be engaged and socially aware members of society. In Year 9 and Year 10 all students study Junior Social Science; this is a combination of all of our senior subjects, Geography, History, Art History, Classics, Sociology and Tourism. From Year 11, students can specialise in one or more of these subjects.

The Social Science department is highly successful in all aspects of academia from scholarship to unit standards. We pride ourselves in being able to provide a holistic education, ensuring all learners achieve their potential and academic goals. The Social Science department also offers a wide range of opportunities for education outside the classroom as we understand the importance of fieldwork in bringing our subjects to life. 

Our alumni go on to experience success in their chosen fields. Our excellent track record of ensuring students achieve University Entrance means students leave us with a wider variety of options for their futures. We believe we can offer your child exceptional building blocks for their bright future.

  • Junior Social Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Tourism
Studying history, art history, and classics at Rangitoto College has been one of the best parts of my high school experience. I particularly enjoyed learning about a wide variety of cultures and time periods and having the freedom to extend my learning more independently through taking NZQA Scholarships in these subjects. All in all, these subjects have taught me to think critically, engage with the world around me in a more meaningful way, and have set me up well for tertiary study at Auckland University.
- Friederike Voit - 2020 Dux, NZQA Premier Scholar

Rebecca Place

Bachelor of Arts (History and Classical Studies) University of Auckland.

Rangitoto College has a long-standing tradition of success within the Social Sciences, and it has been a privilege to be part of this amazing team since beginning my teaching career at the school in 2003. The Social Science department strive to develop an awareness of societal issues that impact on people and places in the past, present and future. We actively encourage our young people to think critically about how to address these in order for them to become global citizens who are engaged with the world they live in.