2018 Course Booklet

2018 Course Booklet

1 2018 Course Booklet

2018 Course Booklet

2 Living to Learn – Learning to Live Curriculum Information For Students studying NCEA Levels 1, 2, 3 in 2018 Due to small class numbers, individual assessment plans will be designed with each student. Students should be aiming for an average of 14-20 credits across each of their six subjects. NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND YOU All of the courses you study in the Senior School enable you to gain credits towards NCEA or National Certificate in Educational Achievement. Credits are the ‘points’ you receive whenever you achieve a Unit Standard or an Achievement Standard in any of your courses.

The number of credits you receive varies from standard to standard depending on how much work it involves to obtain the standard.

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3 The basic qualification in the Senior School is the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA). Credits gained by achieving any Unit Standard or Achievement Standard count towards NCEA. o You need to gain a minimum of 80 credits at Level 1 or higher to gain NCEA Level 1. The eighty must include at least10 credits from Literacy standards (usually gained in English) and at least 10 credits from Numeracy standards (usually gained in Mathematics). o You need a minimum of 80 credits to gain NCEA Level 2. Sixty of these credits must be at Level 2 or higher.

o You need a minimum of 80 credits to gain NCEA Level 3. Sixty of these credits must be at Level 3 or higher. o All Students are encouraged to enter for external exams in subjects in which they are available. These credits may be gained over a one to two year programme developed with each student. COURSE ENDORSEMENTS Course endorsement provides recognition for students who perform exceptionally well in individual courses. Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
  • 14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, where
  • at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards. ( this does not apply to Physical Education, Religious Studies and Level 3 Visual Arts.) ASSESSMENT STANDARDS Learning in the senior school is assessed using national standards, which describe what a student must know or be able to do for particular topics. These standards are called either Unit standards or Achievement standards.
  • Unit and Achievement standards may be used in the classroom for internal assessment during the year.
  • Achievement standards are used in Examinations in November for external assessment. This assessment system encourages all students to achieve their potential because they can pursue merit and excellence in the achievement standards. NZQA RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT The Ministry of Education issues each student with a National Student Identification Number (NSN) which is theirs for their lifetime of learning.

NZQA then keeps records of the Standards and National Certificates that you gain which are listed on your Record of Achievement.

You can apply for one Record of Achievement (RoA) per year which is posted to you in April of the following year. You can also access your Record of Achievement from the NZQA website (www.nzqa.govt.nz). As you continue your learning your RoA is updated. The RoA gives students, parents and employers a very detailed picture of what a student has achieved at what level and with what grade.

  • PATHWAYS TO GAIN QUALIFICATIONS YEAR 11 STUDENTS LEVEL 1
  • Students must complete a full programme of 25 lessons per week.
  • All students must take English, Mathematics and Science.
  • All students select THREE other optional courses ( Level 2 courses may be approved dependent on student work record and ability/interest). YEAR 12 STUDENTS LEVEL 1, 2

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  • Students must complete a full programme of 25 lessons per week.
  • All students are recommended to take English and Mathematics. There are Level 2 standards which are needed for University Entrance in English.
  • All students select FOUR other optional courses from Level 1 or 2. ( Level 3 courses may be approved dependant on student work record and ability/interest) YEAR 13 STUDENTS LEVEL 1, 2, 3
  • Students must complete a full programme of 25 lessons per week (that programme MAY include 4 hours of independent study dependent within their chosen course load.)
  • All students select FIVE or SIX courses (from Level 1, 2 or 3) STUDENTS NEEDING UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE To gain entrance to a New Zealand University or complete a degree in New Zealand you will need the following:
  • UE Numeracy: 10 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher
  • UE Literacy: 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher (5 credits in ‘Reading’ and 5 credits in ‘Writing’ Level 2 or 5 in “Both”)
  • NCEA Level 3 (i.e. 60 credits at Level 3)
  • And have at least 14 Level 3 credits from 3 or more approved subjects – The list of approved subjects for University Entrance is as follows: (Check http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ for specific detail on which standards are approved) Accounting Agriculture & Horticulture Biology Business Studies Calculus Chemistry Chinese Classical Studies Construction and Mechanical Technologies Cook Island Maori Dance Design & visual communication Design (Practical Art) Digital Technology Drama Earth & Space Science Economics Education for Sustainability English French Geography German Health Education History History of Art Home Economics Indonesian Japanese Korean Latin Mathematics Media Studies Music Studies Painting (Practical Art) Photography (Practical Art) Physical Education Physics Printmaking (Practical Art) Processing Technologies Religious Studies Samoan Science Sculpture (Practical Art) Social Studies Spanish Statistics Technology Te Reo Maori Te Reo Rangatira Vocational Pathways The Vocational Pathways provide new ways to structure and achieve NCEA Level 2, the foundation for successful transitions to further education and work. They enable students to see how their learning is relevant for a wide range of jobs and study options in six broad sectors of industry:
  • Manufacturing and Technology;
  • Construction and Infrastructure;
  • Primary Industries;
  • Social and Community Services
  • Services Industries; and
  • Creative Industries. SENIOR SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL SUBJECT CHOICES For students in Years 11, 12 and 13 we offer:
  • A wide range of courses leading to NCEA at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and to many other National Certificates.

Courses to meet students’ interests and career needs and to prepare them for further study.

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  • A balanced mix of courses taught by our qualified staff or by distance learning from many outside national providers.
  • A dedicated and supervised E-learning centre.
  • Small classes allowing high levels of individual teaching, support and access to equipment and resources, CAREERS PLANNING The jobs or careers you are interested in may require that you gain qualifications at school in particular subjects and at particular levels before you will be considered for employment. Alternatively you may need to obtain particular degrees, diplomas and/or certificates and to gain these you may again need to have particular standards or National Certificates. If you need to explore your career pathways contact our Careers Advisor and Principal (Mr Ashworth), STAR Co-ordinator (Mrs Thomason) or The Careers Service website on Kiwicareers.govt.nz CHOOSING YOUR OPTIONS
  • Choose courses you need for a career you want to pursue.
  • Choose courses that will give you the credits you need for National Certificates you are aiming for.
  • Choose subjects you enjoy and do well at.
  • Discuss your choices with your parents
  • Ask your Mr Ashworth about new subjects you are interested in taking but don’t know enough about.
  • Ask your teachers how well they think you could do in courses you are interested in. Teachers, older students, friends and relatives may all offer you advice about courses but it is important that in the end it is your decision. Make your decision with care. ATTENDANCE When you miss school
  • You get behind with your studies and then have to find time to catch up.
  • You miss important ideas being taught by your teacher
  • You may develop gaps in your learning or lose threads in your understanding.
  • You may not gain sufficient credits for a NCEA.
  • Aim to
  • Schedule appointments (dental, medical, driving tests, etc.) for the school holidays
  • Miss school only when you are sick
  • Catch up work at home as soon as you are able
  • Let your teachers know beforehand if you really can’t avoid being away, so they can give you the work you may miss in advance.
  • Use Google Classroom, where possible to keep up with your work. Students are required by law to attend school until the age of 16 years. KEEPING UP WITH YOUR WORK
  • Do an adequate amount of homework each night and at the weekend, at a time when you are awake and alert, to keep up with the work.
  • For an extended project set yourself a timeline and use it.
  • As a general rule the amount of homework required per week per subject is 1 hour at NCEA Level 1 1 hour 40 minutes at NCEA Level 2 2 hours 20 minutes at NCEA Level. LUNCHTIME CLASSES Occasionally some subjects may require that students work during the normal lunch period. Teachers will give you advance notice of these classes, which you are then expected to attend. Where they are a regular event you may be given a ‘make-up’ lunch period at a different time. Some subjects delivered through various methods of E-Learning may also be scheduled in our school’s lunchtime. Students will be able to have a timetabled lunchbreak in such instances. COURSE DELIVERY Some of our senior courses are teacher taught face to face and some will be provided by E-learning. This gives all students the widest possible range of courses to choose from in the Senior School. The method of course delivery is determined by:-
  • Numbers of Students. If fewer than five students choose a course we cannot usually allocate a teacher to teach the course. If the numbers are small we may or may not have a teacher able to teach multi-level classes. We sometimes may be in a position where we can have a class with less than four students.
  • Teacher availability. We may not have a teacher available to teach a specialist course.
  • Accreditation. There are some vocational subjects that the school does not have the accreditation from NZQA to assess.

E-LEARNING It should be noted that many of the E-Learning subjects at most of the levels are available with Google,video, audio or computer conferences – this means there is teacher contact.

When we cannot provide a teacher for a course you have chosen, we will try to make that course available from distance learning providers such as: Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Hospitality Service Institute Retail Institute Southern Institute of Technology Tai Poutini Polytechnic Telford New Zealand School of Tourism Virtual Learning Network National Trade Academy Porse Education in Schools Agriculture Challenge Ltd Here’s how E-Learning works:- In late November an application is made to the distance learning provider for the course that you want. By the time school begins in the New Year your first units of work should be in the school.

The provider also assigns a teacher to you who will provide you with help and assess your work. Whenever the course appears in your timetable you will work in Room 9, the E-Learning Room where the E-Learning Co-ordinator or another staff member will supervise your studies. Your work may come in the form of a printed booklet, online, as email attachments, DVD, audiotapes, and some may include video conference and Google Classroom and Google Hangouts. As you work on your assignments you may find you need help, perhaps in understanding the instructions, finding information or writing answers clearly.

You are able to contact your teacher via phone, email, Video Conferencing, Drop box, Skype etc. using the facilities in the distance learning room. Other teachers in the school or people in the community may also be available to help you with your studies. Any queries re help should be made via the E-Learning Co-ordinator or your staff member.

Your standard assessments are also delivered to the school and after completing them in the Elearning room they are returned to your E Learning teacher for marking. ELearning is different from classroom learning and a few students find it difficult to become an independent learner. Here are some of the characteristics that make a good E-learner: Able to follow instructions accurately Good at asking for help rather than waiting to be asked if you need help Able to express your ideas and answers in writing Effective at using books and the internet to find information Willing to contact your teacher by telephone or email Self-motivated and keen to learn Vocational Pathways These pathways will let you see how learning and achievement will be valued in the workplace.

They will also suggest the types of study options and jobs opportunities available to learners. Employers will be able to see learner strengths, abilities, interests and achievements when they look at the Vocational Pathways information.

To achieve the Vocational Pathways Award, a learner must:
  • achieve NCEA Level 2 which includes literacy (10 credits) and numeracy (10 credits) at Level 1 or above, and
  • achieve 60 x Level 2 credits from the Recommended Assessment Standards for a Vocational Pathways, including 20 x Level 2 credits from Sector-Related Standards for the same sector. Credits from the Recommended Assessment Standards and Sector-Related Standards must come from the same Vocational Pathway e.g Primary Industries.

7 A learner can achieve more than one Vocational Pathways Award if they complete more than one Vocational Pathway.

Trade Academies .

E Trade Academies-Top of the South Island We give students great reasons to stay in school, and help them gain trades skills for successful, satisfying careers.

H We help year 11–13 high school students keep their options open by achieving NCEA credits at school while gaining practical work skills and trades qualifications in a wide variety of industries from aviation to uniformed services. We’re your link between secondary school and work opportunities, or further study. We’ll help you:
  • ease your transition into the world of work
  • identify further training or study opportunities
  • show you what your future career could look like while working towards NCEA Who do we work with?

We partner with local secondary schools and their students, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Whenua Iti Outdoors, and industry. So, we’re part of the secondary education system, but you will walk between the two worlds... school and tertiary. How it works If you’re in year 11–13 and are focused, committed, and keen to work in a trade, then contact us (or your school's Trades Academy Co-ordinator) to learn more and apply. Training is one day a week for the school year, at NMIT’s campuses in Richmond, Nelson or Blenheim, or at selected schools.

8 Some courses are live-in (residential) ‘block’ courses at Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Our tutors are experienced and have connections in the industry. They’ll give you (and the others in your trades class) training and a first-hand taste of working in your chosen field. What does it cost? We’re funded through the Ministry of Education’s Youth Guarantee Policy – so it’s free to study through us. When does training happen? Training is normally one day a week (usually Friday) at one of NMIT’s campuses in Richmond or Nelson, or at live-in ‘block’ courses at Whenua Iti Outdoors. Recommended Subjects for Some Areas of Tertiary Study These are recommendations/suggestions only. Tertiary providers are becoming increasingly flexible about having pre-requisite subjects studied at school.

For more specific details, check the provider’s website.

English should usually be taken at Level 3 if students intend to go on to tertiary study. Study Areas Year 11 Subjects Year 12 Subjects Year 13 Subjects Architecture Art or Graphics Mathematics Science Design and/or Painting or Graphics Mathematics Design and/or Painting or Graphics Business (Degree level study) Mathematics Accounting Business Studies Mathematics Accounting Business Studies Mathematics (Statistics and/or Calculus) Accounting Business Studies Engineering Mathematics Science Mathematics Physics Chemistry Mathematics with Calculus Physics Chemistry Biological Sciences Mathematics Science Biology Chemistry Mathematics Biology Chemistry Mathematics with Statistics Health Sciences (Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Veterinary) Mathematics Science Mathematics At least two out of the three sciences: Biology Physics Chemistry Mathematics with Statistics At least two out of the three sciences: Biology Physics Chemistry Health Science Health Science (Nursing, Occupational Therapy) Mathematics Science Mathematics Minimum of one of the sciences: Biology Chemistry Minimum of one of the following: Mathematics Biology Physics

9 Physics Chemistry Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology Mathematics Science At least one academic subject e.g. History Geography Accounting Legal Studies Mathematics At least one Science At least two academic subjects e.g. History Geography Accounting Economics Classics Psychology Computing Legal Studies At least four academic subjects e.g. History Geography Accounting Economics Classics Psychology Computing Mathematics Legal Studies Technology & Physical Sciences Mathematics Science Mathematics Physics Chemistry Mathematics with Calculus Physics Chemistry LEVEL ONE

11 ACCOUNTING – Level 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Accuracy in basic mathematical calculations is essential, along with the ability to use a calculator. Neat bookwork and organisational skills are essential. What will I learn? Students will get an introduction to accounting by gaining knowledge, skills and experience to manage the financial systems of individuals, communities & businesses. It will include preparing financial information and communicating it via reporting.

Where does it lead? This course leads to Level 2 Accounting AGRICULTURE – Level 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in farming and farm animals. What will I learn? Animals and their care, Pasture production, Environmental issues, Animal diseases, Management of livestock and pasture. Where does it lead? Agriculture and Horticulture papers at Level 2, Level 2 Biology, Tertiary courses in Agriculture ART (Visual Art) – Level 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? A keen interest and basic aptitude in art is important along with the ability to work independently and meet deadlines What will I learn? It covers drawing, painting, printmaking, using wet and dry media.

Through the study of established NZ artists you will learn practices and procedures that will be a springboard and foundation for your own creative work.

Where does it lead? To further study of Visual Arts at Levels 2 and 3, and tertiary institutions and/or other areas where artistic and design skills are needed such as the fashion industry, the film industry, the media BUSINESS STUDIES – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the business world and enterprise What will I learn? This study is about business formation, functions of business, people in business, business management and the business environment.

Where does it lead? Business Studies Level 2.

Careers in the commerce world, Small business skills COMMERCE STUDIES – LEVEL 1

12 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in the commercial and business world What will I learn? This course offers internal standards only. You will learn about a range of topics from Accounting, Business Studies, Economics and/or Legal Studies depending on the student’s interests. Where does it lead? If students enjoy a particular subject they can specialise in any of Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Legal Studies at Level 2 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in keyboarding, data management and use of computer software What will I learn? Computer knowledge and software skills using Microsoft programmes – Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, Power Point and programming. The student is required to work via internet through an online learning environment. Where does it lead? Level 2 Digital Technology Level 1 Drama This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You will need to be prepared to perform in front of classmates and an invited audience for assessments.

Group work and participation is essential for all assessments. What will I learn? You will learn how to use drama techniques including voice, body movement and use of space in both scripted and devised drama. You will learn how to create meaning in performance through the use of drama techniques and conventions and explore social, cultural and historical issues presented in a play. In order to be prepared to write the external exam you will need to attend a live drama performance with the class.

Where does it lead? Further study of drama at level 2. ECONOMICS – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the business world What will I learn? You will learn about producer and consumer choices, interactions between households and firms, how economic decisions are made, and the effects these choices have on individuals and the economy. Where does it lead? Level 2 Economics, careers in the commerce world ENGINEERING – Technology

13 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in Metalwork and Engineering What will I learn? You will learn aspects of practical engineering including the use of hand tools, lathe, milling machine, welding, measurement and safety. This course contains units common to the Technology option, with a more specific focus on using metal and engineering tools. Charges for materials are based on a ‘project’ basis plus $25 to cover consumables. Where does it lead? Technology and/or Engineering level 2. Tertiary courses and/or employment in the Engineering, Tool making, Fitting, Plumbing and automotive trades ENGLISH – LEVEL 1 (Compulsory Subject) This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? A course in English is compulsory to gain literacy skills (and the 10 literacy credits required for NCEA Level 1). What will I learn? You will develop your reading and writing skills; respond to literature, novels, short stories and film; develop critical awareness and gain production experience in speeches and visual language; develop and record a critical awareness of film and writing. Where does it lead? English level 2 which is a compulsory subject. All of the prerequisites for level 2 must be completed. This can be completed in a one or two year programme designed with each individual student.

GATEWAY – LEVEL 1 What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in a specific practical career The Gateway programme is designed to strengthen the pathways for students from school to further education and training or employment. Gateway supports students undertaking learning and assessment in the workplace. Murchison Area School is funded to coordinate this activity to ensure the educational and subsequent employment needs of students are met. Structured workplace learning is a formal learning arrangement set in an actual workplace for a sustained period of time, with clear understanding about the knowledge and skills to be attained, and the assessment of unit or achievement standards.

Students complete a work placement and have their learning in the workplace assessed against unit and/or achievement standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and integrated with their current programme of study. Gateway integrates general education with workplace learning and assessment. Gateway provides senior school students with valuable learning and work opportunities. For example, students can gain specific vocational skills leading to future employment and can benefit from making significant progress towards qualifications. All students can enhance their career management skills in a world where the roles of learner and worker continue to change.

Students interested in Gateway at MAS should see Mrs Thomason before choosing it as an option to discuss what opportunities may be available on the programme. Gateway aims wherever possible to link a student with an industry that they are seriously interested in and over the last two years we have had students who have been incredibly successful within the Building Trade, Auto Engineering, Agriculture, Hospitality, Farming, Conservation, Retailing, Hairdressing, Outdoor Sport & Recreation and in Childcare. This is not an exhaustive list, so talk to Mrs Thomason about GATEWAY Levels 1, 2, 3

14 what might be available. Each student on Gateway has to endeavour to achieve 20 work based credits. These credits can be at Level 1- 3 depending on the particular industry programme followed and individual student achievement at Murchison Area School thus far has ranged from 15 credits up to 42+. In 2018 Gateway is to run as an option subject. GEOGRAPHY – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in how people interact on earth and use their environment What will I learn? The course will cover:
  • Natural hazards such as earthquakes and hurricanes in SW pacific and the effects of extreme natural events
  • Population studies, issues and concepts
  • Resources and their use
  • NZ and Global issues
  • Drawing and interpreting maps, information and data Where does it lead? Geography Level 2. Careers in areas of Tourism, Conservation and Agriculture, World travel GRAPHICS: DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATION – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in design, formal working and presentation techniques. Specialised drawing instruments are required such as T square, set squares, compass, graphite pencils, mechanical pencil, chalk pastels etc. What will I learn? The aim is for you to learn how to start thinking and working like a designer and how to communicate your design ideas using a range of techniques such as freehand sketching, colour rendering, working drawings and computer applications. The studies are based in the area of product and architectural design.

  • Where does it lead? Graphics Level 2 HEALTH – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in wanting to become involved in any aspect of the Health sector and careers that involve working with people. What will I learn?
  • Examine and develop a sound understanding of concepts, influences and choices for achieving wellbeing.
  • An understanding of success and strategies to employ to deal with success in a range of situations.
  • A “tool box” of interpersonal skills in order to develop and understand how interpersonal skills can improve relationships and help people deal with changing states of health.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the decision making process and the implications of decisions.
  • A sound understanding of issues relating to sexuality and this course aims to explore these through a range of perspectives. Where does it lead? Level 2 Health, Level 2 Physical Education. Careers in working with people, or within the health sector.
  • HISTORY – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in how international people and events have influenced the world both historically and currently e.g. Wars lead to the world we know today. What will I learn? You will study themes chosen from:
  • International relations (origins of World War II)
  • World conflicts (Palestine and Israel)
  • Race Relations (South Africa and NZ)
  • Social change (1981 Springbok rugby tour) Where does it lead? Level 2 History. Careers in any social sciences field. HOSPITALITY & FOODS – Technology This course consists of Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in food safety, food preparation and presentation, and nutrition. There is a charge of $20 towards herbs, spices, sauces, condiments etc. used in dishes. Students may be required to provide some ingredients. What will I learn? This subject is a practical skills based course. The student will learn to prepare, present and store food using appropriate skills and safe food practices. The student will study the preparation and presentation of meat, egg, cheese, fruit and vegetable dishes in the hospitality industry.

Where does it lead? Certificate in Practical Cookery Skills Level 1. Gateway in Hospitality Industry Level 2 & 3 HORTICULTURE – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest or ‘green fingers’ in plants, gardening and the use of land for horticulture. What will I learn? Students will learn to:
  • Grow and propagate plants
  • Look at the makeup of soil and soil communities
  • Find out what plants need to survive
  • The principles of garden design to meet a user’s needs
  • Care of the environment and landscaping Where does it lead? Horticulture Level 2, Tertiary courses related to land management LANGUAGES – LEVEL 1 A number of language courses are available. Speak with our ELearning Co-ordinator if you are interested in studying a language. What are the prerequisites? Nil. However, students with little or no previous experience in a language will usually need 2 years to achieve full credits at Level 1. What skills/interests do I need? Interest in other countries, cultures and travel, the tourism industry, meeting people and talking!

What will I learn? Everyday practical skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in your chosen language.

Aspects of the cultural dimensions of the world where your chosen language is spoken. Where does it lead? Level 2 Language courses. Life in a multicultural world and global economy. LEGAL STUDIES – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available. What are the prerequisites? A reasonable level of literacy is required. What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in the legal system and justice. What will I learn? The course covers topics in how laws are made and applied in everyday life, the systems and processes of the NZ Legal system.

Where does it lead? A course in Legal studies leads on to level 2 & 3. At a tertiary level as a Lawyer or Legal practitioner. MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS – LEVEL 1 (Compulsory Subject) A student’s level 1 programme may consist of Unit Standards, Achievement Standards or a combination of both in order to meet their needs. What are the prerequisites? This course is compulsory. What skills/interests do I need? A programme specifically tailored to your skills and needs will be developed in collaboration with students and whanau where appropriate.

What will I learn? The Achievement standards course covers topics including algebra, trigonometry, measurement, number, statistics, geometry and probability.

The Unit Standards course covers number, measurement and statistics and may include units from the Financial Capability subject Where does it lead? This course covers the content that will allow you to take Level 2 Mathematics & Statistics. Equipment: A scientific calculator fx-82AU II PLUS, maths set, and general stationery items are requirements of this course. Some students prefer to use maths exercise books for notes, others refill and folders. Workbooks if required will be provided.

MEDIA STUDIES – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Strong literacy and computer skills. What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the dynamic role of the media in society, business and the news world.

17 What will I learn? You will learn about all aspects of the media including: film, television, radio, print, social networking and the web. All studies are done online by computer and the internet. Where does it lead? Understanding of the role media plays in everyday lives.

Careers in the world of journalism and the media. FINANCIAL CAPABILITY– LEVEL 1 This course consists of Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in how to handle money, budgeting, goal setting and saving and investment options.

What will I learn? There will be modules in interpreting financial documents, balancing budgets, effects of life factors on income, financial goal setting, saving and investment options. Where does it lead? Understanding how to manage your money effectively. Personal Finance Management Level 2. N.B. This course is available as an option and is not able to be taken in place of a level 1 mathematics & statistics course. Level 1 Numeracy credits are not available through this subject. PHYSICAL EDUCATION - LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

  • What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in analysing the factors that influence and shape ones physical performance and general wellbeing. What will I learn?
  • This course offers the opportunity to improve physical skill and gain a basic understanding of the factors that affect personal performance.
  • Some research will be undertaken into current issues in sport.
  • This course is approximately 80% theory and 20% practical Where does it lead? PE level 2. Careers in fitness training and prescription, sports coaching, outdoor education, education, professional sports and health promotion. SCIENCE – LEVEL 1 (Compulsory Subject) This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in plants, animals and the world around you. What will I learn? There will be modules available from: Living World (Biology) – Micro-organisms, Genetics Physical World (Physics) – Forces and Motion, Electricity Material World (Chemistry) – Metals and Compounds, Atomic Theory, Chemical Reactions Planet Earth and Beyond – Geology, Astronomy Where does it lead? This course covers units that will allow you to take Level 2 Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

SOCIAL SCIENCES – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

18 What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in the world around you and the people who inhabit it. What will I learn? There will be opportunities to examine the culture and history of New Zealand and the wider world. Where does it lead? Level 2 History, Geography, Social Studies, Psychology SOFT MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You will need to like making/constructing functional items out of conventional ‘soft’ materials What will I learn? We will be using some or all of: sewing machines, glues, hand stitching techniques, wire, card, paper and plastic etc.

to create clothing, accessories and/or furnishings. Your imagination and ingenuity will be ignited and extended.

Where does it lead? Further study of textiles, film industry, design. TECHNOLOGY – LEVEL 1 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in design and practical workshop skills. What will I learn? The year is based on one or two themed projects. In the first stages you will develop design process and drawing skills for a conceptual product design. In the second project you will develop practical skills as you make a product using the material of your interest (timber, metal or other materials).

You will develop knowledge of, and skills with, tools and machinery. This course is assessed with Achievement Standards.

Where does it lead? Technology Level 2, Tertiary courses and/or employment in the building and engineering trades or similar related fields: e.g. automotive, joinery, welding etc. Costs: Charges for materials based on a ‘project’ basis plus $25 to cover consumables. An A3 Clearfile folder is needed for the design work. If you do not see a subject you are looking for please speak to us regarding other available options via Distance. There are a variety of subjects available that change each year.

19 LEVEL TWO

21 ACCOUNTING – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Accounting Level 1 is recommended. Reasonable level of literacy. What skills/interests do I need? Accuracy in basic mathematical calculations is essential, along with the ability to use a calculator. Neat bookwork and organisational skills are essential. What will I learn? Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to manage business financial sub-systems. It includes processing and reporting on transactions and events for sole traders and analysing and interpreting the information. You will use the business software MYOB. Where does it lead? This course leads to Level 3 Accounting AGRICULTURE – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Level 1 Science, Biology, Agriculture or Horticulture What skills/interests do I need? Interest in farming and farm animals. What will I learn? Students study and apply the biology of livestock production. How modification of plants and manipulation of animals maximises production while looking at environmental issues that are affected by these techniques. Where does it lead? Agriculture and Horticulture at Level 3 or careers in related industries ART HISTORY – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil - not necessary to have practical skills in Art.

What skills/interests do I need? Interest in art and how and why it has been produced. What will I learn? Students will develop the art historical skills of observation, analysis and understanding of content and context by looking at nineteenth century French art and New Zealand art. Where does it lead? Level 3 Art History, Tourism, Museum work, General Interest ART (Visual Art) – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? The ability to work independently and meet deadlines along with artistic aptitude as developed during NCEA Level 1. A keen enquiring interest in art. What will I learn? You will learn how to conceive of ideas in a more independent way, without abandoning recognised practice. You will be refining and adding to technique already acquired. Where does it lead? This course is the prerequisite for Visual Arts at Levels 3, can also lead to careers in any of the art/design related industries – fashion, film, illustration and advertising.

BIOLOGY – LEVEL 2

22 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? NCEA Level 1 in either Science, Biology, Agriculture or Horticulture What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the science of plants and animals, the natural environment and bio technology. What will I learn? Ecology with a NZ focus, cell structure and chemistry, genetics and evolution, and adaptation of plants and animals to their way of life. Where does it lead? Biology Level 3, Tertiary study and careers in animal and plant sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, nursing, veterinary, medicine and similar fields.

BUSINESS STUDIES – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the business world and enterprise What will I learn? Students will develop an understanding of large businesses and their role in society and the economy. They will then develop an insight into how businesses deal with takeovers, investments, fraud, technology and problem areas. Where does it lead? Careers in the commerce world, Small business skills CHEMISTRY – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? NCEA Level 1 in Science and/or Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the material world of chemicals and how they react.

What will I learn? You will learn about structure and bonding of chemical substances, oxidation and reduction reactions, organic, inorganic and aqueous solution chemistry, rates of chemical reactions and equilibrium. The use of formulae and equations and the application of mathematics to these are part of the course.

Where does it lead? Chemistry level 3, Tertiary courses in engineering, veterinary, medicine, dentistry, agricultural, biological and horticultural sciences and related courses. CLASSICAL STUDIES – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in Art, Mythology, & Ancient History, Greek and Roman Gods. What will I learn? You will learn about the culture of both ancient Greece and Rome including a study of classical mythology, Homer’s “The Odyssey”, Roman Art and Architecture, Classical Sculpture, Politics of Ancient Rome through Caesar and the Philosophy of Cicero.

Where does it lead? Classical Studies at Level 3 COMMERCE STUDIES – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available.

23 What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in commercial, business world. What will I learn? You will cover standards from accounting, economics, business and legal studies. Where does it lead? Commerce Studies Level 3 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? Interest in learning to use computers and computer programmes.

What will I learn? You will learn to use and apply computer software applications in other subjects and workplace situations.

For example Word Processing, Spread sheets, Databases, Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics Where does it lead? National Certificate in Computing Level 2 and 3. Tertiary courses in computer usage and programming. Using computers in any workplace. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available. What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in young children and their development What will I learn? You will learn about meeting young children’s needs, health and safety in early childhood, growing and learning, parents as teachers and planning for play.

You will be required to visit a licensed ECE setting e.g. Playcentre for more than an hour a week. Where does it lead? National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care Level 3. Polytechnic courses in Nannying, Crèche or Preschool work or teaching as a career. ECONOMICS – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? NCEA Level 1 or Level 1 commerce or economics is desirable but not a requirement. What skills/interests do I need? Interest in the business world What will I learn? You will learn about the workings of the NZ economy through the issues of Employment, Trade, Growth, Inequality and Inflation, and the role of the Government in these economic issues. Where does it lead? Level 3 Economics, tertiary studies and careers in the commerce world. ENGINEERING – Technology This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? Level 1 Engineering Technology What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in Metalwork and Engineering

24 What will I learn? You will learn advanced aspects of practical engineering including the use of hand tools, lathe, milling machine, welding, measurement and safety. This course contains units common to the Technology option, with a more specific focus on using metal and engineering tools. Charges for materials are based on a ‘project’ basis plus $25 to cover consumables. Where does it lead? Technology or Engineering level 3. Tertiary courses and/or employment in the Engineering, Tool making, Fitting, Plumbing and automotive trades. ENGLISH – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.

What are the prerequisites? A minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 NCEA in English before a student can take a full Level 2 course, otherwise they will take a combined course. What skills/interests do I need? Level 2 English is a compulsory subject at Murchison Area School. A revision book is required. What will I learn? You will study:
  • Effective writing appropriate to a situation, including essays and critiques
  • Language and its use: written and verbal
  • Visual forms of communication including film/video
  • Literature including novel, short stories and film Where does it lead? English level 3. To gain University Entrance students need a minimum Literacy requirement of 5 credits in Level 2 Reading and 5 credits in Level 2 Writing or 5 from “Both” FASHION AND DESIGN – LEVEL 2 This course consists of Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available.

What are the prerequisites? Nil What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in garments and fashion, good selfmotivation and creativity and access to a sewing machine at home. What will I learn? This is a practical based course which includes: Exploring principles in design Developing pattern making skills Constructing high quality finished products Experimenting with methods of decorating fabrics Where does it lead? Tertiary courses or Trade training in textiles, garment or fashion business. The course aims to assist students to enter design competitions i.e. Wearable Art.

The Gateway programme is designed to strengthen the pathways for students from school to further education and training or employment. Gateway supports students undertaking learning and assessment in the workplace. Murchison Area School is funded to coordinate this activity to ensure the educational and subsequent employment needs of students are met. Structured workplace learning is a formal learning arrangement set in an actual workplace for a sustained period of time, with clear understanding about the knowledge and skills to be attained, and the assessment of unit or achievement standards.

Students complete a work placement and have their learning in the workplace assessed against unit and/or achievement standards on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and integrated with GATEWAY Levels 1, 2, 3

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