Making Subject Choices
At senior level, students are able to select the subjects they would like to study. The timetable is driven each year by the subject choices senior students make.
It is important to keep the following in mind, when making subject selections;
- achievement and success is more likely, if you study subjects that you are interested in
- subjects have value in the development of both specific and generic skills, not just knowledge content alone
- every subject you study, does not have to relate to your future career plans - some subjects may provide a lifelong interest or hobby
What Subjects do I Need?
When making decisions about what subjects to take, it is important to remember that for many courses and job training situations, you do not need to have studied particular subjects at school.
In many cases, it is more important that you can demonstrate your interest in learning through your school grades and teachers' report comments. Therefore your college years can be a chance to keep your studies broad rather than specialising at an early age.
If you do have career ideas, the best way to deal with the question of what subjects do I need is to consider subjects under the following headings: USEFUL, RECOMMENDED and COMPULSORY..... find out more information about entry into apprenticeships, on-job training and tertiary study!
Senior Courses at Rangitoto College
The College offers two different programmes of study NCEA or IB
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) - 2 year Diploma (Years 12 and 13)
Please Note: Students who wish to transition into the IB programme at Year 12, must undertake NCEA study in appropriate subjects at Year 11. Refer to the course selection guide on the IB page.
Year 11: NCEA Level 1 Courses
All Year 11 students are required to study SIX SUBJECTS.
English (or ESOL) and Mathematics are COMPULSORY subjects for all Year 11 students.
Science at Year 11 is strongly recommended.
The teachers of English or ESOL, Mathematics and Science will guide students as to which Level 1 course is most suitable for them.
To achieve NCEA Level 1, students must have 10 credits in numeracy and 10 credits in literacy. The numeracy and literacy credits can be achieved through a range of sujects. Achieving Level 1 numeracy and literacy is also a requirement to be awarded NCEA Level 2 and Level 3.
More than 85% of students at Rangitoto College go on to study in Year 13. The majority of students in Year 13 will be attempting to gain either University Entrance or NCEA Level 3. For this reason, before choosing Year 11 subjects, students and parents should look at Year 12 and Year 13 subjects (including those that can be started at a higher level).
Year 12: NCEA Level 2 Courses
All Year 12 students are required to study SIX SUBJECTS either all at NCEA Level 2 or in a combination with other levels.
English (or ESOL) is COMPULSORY for all Year 12 students.
More than 85% of students who complete Year 12 at Rangitoto College go on to study in Year 13. The majority of students in Year 13 will be attempting to gain either University Entrance or NCEA Level 3.
As a general guide, students of reasonable academic ability are advised to study at least FOUR/FIVE subjects at Year 12 that can lead on to Year 13 subjects from the university approved subject list.
A small number of NCEA Level 3 subjects can be started at Year 13 however students can only begin one new subject at Level 3.
The school offers a number of useful subjects to help prepare students for entry into certificate and diploma level courses, apprenticeships and employment. It is possible for students in Year 12 to study a combination of NCEA Level 3, 2 and 1 subjects.
Year 13: NCEA Level 3 Courses
All Year 13 students are required to study a full time course which consists of FIVE SUBJECTS either all at NCEA Level 3 or a combination of Level 3, 2 and 1.
There are NO compulsory subjects at Year 13.
Students who enter into Year 13 without prior study of NCEA at Level 1 or 2, need to choose their subjects carefully to ensure that they meet the NCEA literacy and numeracy requirements.
YEAR 13 COURSES - AIMED AT DEGREE LEVEL STUDY
In the current competitive climate of tertiary education, students need to achieve at a much higher level than the minimum University Entrance Standard. With this in mind, students are advised to be taking a minimum of four university approved subjects, but preferably five. Level 3 credits from non-approved subjects can be used towards achieving NCEA Level 3, which is one of the required components of University Entrance.
YEAR 13 COMBINATION COURSES
The school offers a number of useful subjects to help prepare students for entry into certificate and diploma level courses, apprenticeships and employment. For some Year 13 students a combination of NCEA Level 2 and 3 subjects may be the most appropriate course.