2019 Course Booklet - Murchison Area School

 
2019 Course Booklet - Murchison Area School
2019 Course Booklet

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2019 Course Booklet - Murchison Area School
Living to Learn – Learning to Live

             Curriculum Information
                                                For
                      Students studying NCEA
                                    Levels 1, 2, 3
                                           in 2019

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.

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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.

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 least 10 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.

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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. Science is highly recommended and a student and
       caregiver will need to see Mr Ashworth first, if this course was not to be followed.
   • 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
   • 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 of their chosen course.)
   • 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                           Geography                            Science
Agriculture & Horticulture           German                               Sculpture (Practical Art)
Biology                              Health Education                     Social Studies
Business Studies                     History                              Spanish
Calculus                             History of Art                       Statistics
Chemistry                            Home Economics                       Technology
Chinese                              Indonesian                           Te Reo Maori
Classical Studies                    Japanese                             Te Reo Rangatira
Construction and Mechanical          Korean
Technologies                         Latin
Cook Island Maori                    Mathematics
Dance                                Media Studies
Design & visual communication        Music Studies
Design (Practical Art)               Painting (Practical Art)
Digital Technology                   Photography (Practical Art)
Drama                                Physical Education
Earth & Space Science                Physics
Economics                            Printmaking (Practical Art)
Education for Sustainability         Processing Technologies
English                              Religious Studies
French                               Samoan

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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.
    • A balanced mix of courses taught by our qualified staff or by E-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 any 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.

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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 will try to 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 five students.
     • Teacher availability. We may not always 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

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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 E-learning room
they are returned to your E-Learning teacher for marking. E- Learning 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:

    Ø   Able to follow instructions accurately
    Ø   Good at asking for help rather than waiting to be asked if you need help
    Ø   Able to express your ideas and answers in writing
    Ø   Effective at using books and the internet to find information
    Ø   Willing to contact your teacher by telephone or email
    Ø   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.

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

                                            Trade Academies
Students at Murchison Area School may also take part in the Top of the South Island
Trades Academy. This is a partnership between Secondary schools and Tertiary education
provided by the government and allows for either one day a week or block courses for
our students to take part in throughout the year in subjects that our school cannot
provide face to face. These courses are free of charge to the students and Murchison
Area School will try to arrange all transport for these courses and subjects.

Each course will provide NCEA credits at Levels 1, 2 or 3.

These courses and their credits are listed at the end of this brochure. If a student is
interested in entering into one of these courses they must see Mr Ashworth to complete
a separate application form.

                Trade Academies-Top of the South Island
                      Our mission: Developing opportunities for your future

 We give students great reasons to stay in school, and help them gain trades skills for successful, satisfying
                                                  careers.

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How can we help you?

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.

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.

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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         Design and/or Painting     Design and/or Painting or
                       Mathematics             or Graphics                Graphics
                       Science                 Mathematics
                       English
Business (Degree       Mathematics             Mathematics                Mathematics (Statistics
level study)           Accounting              Accounting                 and/or Calculus)
                       Business Studies        Business Studies           Accounting
                       English                 English                    Business Studies
                                                                          English
Engineering            Mathematics             Mathematics                Mathematics with
                       Science                 Physics                    Calculus
                       English                 Chemistry                  Physics
                                               English                    Chemistry
Biological Sciences    Mathematics             Biology                    Biology
                       Science                 Chemistry                  Chemistry
                       English                 Mathematics                Mathematics with
                                               English                    Statistics
                                                                          English
Health Sciences        Mathematics             Mathematics                Mathematics with
(Dentistry,            Science                 English                    Statistics
Medicine, Medical      English                 At least two out of the    English
Science,                                       three sciences:            At least two out of the
Physiotherapy,                                 Biology                    three sciences:
Pharmacy,                                      Physics                    Biology
Veterinary)                                    Chemistry                  Physics
                                                                          Chemistry
                                                                          Health Science
Health Science         Mathematics             Mathematics                English
(Nursing,              Science                 English                    Minimum of one of the
Occupational           English                 Minimum of one of the      following:
Therapy)                                       sciences:                  Mathematics
                                               Biology                    Biology
                                               Chemistry                  Physics
                                               Physics                    Chemistry
Law, Political         Mathematics             Mathematics                At least four academic
Science,               Science                 English                    subjects e.g.
Psychology,            English                 At least one Science       English
Sociology              At least one            At least two academic      History
                       academic subject        subjects e.g.              Geography
                       e.g.                    History                    Accounting
                       History                 Geography                  Economics
                       Geography               Accounting                 Classics
                       Accounting              Economics                  Psychology
                       Legal Studies           Classics                   Computing
                                               Psychology                 Mathematics
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Computing       Legal Studies
                                  Legal Studies
Technology &        Mathematics   Mathematics     Mathematics with
Physical Sciences   Science       Physics         Calculus
                    English       Chemistry       Physics
                                  English         Chemistry

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LEVEL ONE

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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. 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

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COMMERCE STUDIES – LEVEL 1
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,Coding, 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 the 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.

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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
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.

  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 analyse information for research purposes; develop and
  record a critical awareness of film and literature.

  Where does it lead? English level 2 which is a recommended 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.

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GATEWAY – LEVEL 1
   What are the prerequisites? Nil

   What skills/interests do I need? Interest in a specific practical career

GATEWAY                                                              Levels 1, 2, 3
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 or Mr Ashworth 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 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+.

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

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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? The goal is to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding
  to maintain and develop personal well-being and to introduce the concept of social justice.

  What will I learn?
    • Hauora (well-being).
    • A basic understanding of socio-ecological perspectives
        (personal, interpersonal and societal influences, consequences and strategies).
    • Aspects of health promotion through devising strategies for goal setting and change.
    • Examine and develop a sound understanding of concepts, influences and choices for achieving
        wellbeing.
    • An understanding of strategies to employ to deal with 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 sound understanding of issues relating to sexuality.

  Where does it lead? NCEA Level 2 Health. Career options could include social work, education, healthcare,
  health promotion, community health and many more.

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)
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•   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. 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 E-Learning 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.

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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- Achievement Standards (Academic)
This course will consist of a range of Achievement Standards which will be assessed throughout the year
(Internals) and assessed through exams at the end of the year (Externals). Students will be able to work
towards a subject endorsement in this course which requires 14 credits (including at least 3 from Externals) at
either Merit or Excellence. Students will also gain the Numeracy requirement for passing NCEA Level 1 when
they have gained 10 credits. Students will do a range of topics from both the mathematics and statistics
domains which will include a selection of the following:
    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
    • Trigonometry
    • Statistics
    • Probability
To be well placed to achieve success in this course, students should be confident across a range of mathematics
domains at Year 10 and ideally will be looking to continue studies in mathematics and statistics beyond Level 1.

MATHEMATICS & STATISTICS: LEVEL 1 - Unit Standards (Vocational)
This course consists of three Unit Standards which will allow students to still gain the 10 Numeracy credits
requirement for passing NCEA Level 1. All of these Unit Standards are assessed internally and this course does
not have any exams. Students complete a learning programme consisting of:
    • Number
    • Measurement
    • Statistics
This course is assessed via a portfolio of student work compiled throughout the year. All three Unit standards
must be completed in order to gain the Level 1 Numeracy requirement. This course is ideally suited to those
students are not confident in all mathematics domains and who are not looking to continue mathematics
beyond Level 1.

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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.

  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. 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? This course is designed for those who are keen to further their theoretical
  knowledge of Physical Education and body function.

  What will I learn?

      •   The factors that influence people’s participation in activities.
      •   To understand and develop interpersonal skills.
      •   To understand risk management strategies and how to behave responsibly.
      •   How your body functions to achieve a movement using anatomy, biomechanics and exercise
          physiology.
      •   This course is approximately 60% theory and 40% practical.

  Where does it lead? PE level 2. Careers in fitness training and prescription, sports coaching, outdoor
  education, education, professional sports and health promotion.

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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.
   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 & 2
BConstructive are hands on programmes that lead to two qualifications: the National Certificate in Building,
Construction, and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) at Levels 1 and 2. They are innovative, practical and multi-
disciplinary programmes for students, providing them with the skills and knowledge to springboard into any
career in the construction industry.

Students who participate in the BConstructive programme can go on to consider apprenticeships in a variety
of trades such as: carpentry, brick and blocklaying, painting and decorating, flooring, joinery, plumbing and
gasfitting, frame and truss, aluminium joinery, and so on. The programme also provides a good base for

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students who would like to enter other related areas of the construction industry such as architecture, quantity
surveying and estimating.

We do the Level 2 course over two years and students have a range of disciplines to focus on in the second
year.
If you do not see a subject you are looking for please speak to us regarding other available options
via E-Learning. There are a variety of subjects available that change each year.

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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.

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BIOLOGY – LEVEL 2
 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

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COMMERCE STUDIES – LEVEL 2
 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? 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

 COMMUNICATION AND CORE SKILLS -Level 2
 29 NCEA Level 2 credits available:

 This course consists of Unit Standards and Course Endorsement is not available.
 What are the prerequisites? Nil

 What skills/interests do I need? Interest in employment, life skills and driving skills

 What will I learn? Skills required to gain employment, possible work experience, theoretical driving skills ready
 for learners test, career planning.

 Where does it lead? Gateway, employment, further education, Leadership and Communication 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.

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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.

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE – LEVEL 2
 This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.
 What are the prerequisites? Level 1 Science

 What skills/interests do I need? An interest in NZ geology, Earth events, Earth and Space systems

 What will I learn? NZ geology, extreme Earth events, Earth systems, stars and planetary systems

 Where does it lead? Earth and Space Level 3, Tertiary study and careers in Geology, Environmental Studies,
 Mining, Oceanographer, Astronomy, Space Investigation

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

 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.

 Where does it lead? Technology or Engineering level 3. Tertiary courses and/or employment in the
 Engineering, Tool making, Fitting, Plumbing and automotive trades.

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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 of Level 1 and 2 standards.

What skills/interests do I need? Level 2 English is a recommended subject at Murchison Area School.

What will I learn? You will study:

    •   Effective writing appropriate to a specific situation and audience.
    •   Language and its use: written, spoken, visual and verbal.
    •   Analysis of visual forms of communication including film/video.
    •   Search techniques, credibility of sources, and analysis of information and how to form conclusions.

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 self-motivation
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.

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GATEWAY                                                                  Levels 1, 2, 3

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 or Mr Ashworth 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 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+.

GEOGRAPHY – LEVEL 2
This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.
What are the prerequisites? Level 1 Geography or Social Studies desirable but not essential

What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in how people use their environment. An
enjoyment of mapping and graphing is an advantage.

What will I learn? The course covers

    •   Natural Landscapes
    •   Urban settlements comparing cities in NZ and other countries
    •   Inequities in local, national and global development
    •   Considering differences between developed and less developed countries
    •   Skills such as photo-sketching

Where does it lead? Geography Level 3. Careers in areas of Tourism, Farming, Planning and Geology. World
travel

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GRAPHICS: DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATION– LEVEL 2
This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.
What are the prerequisites? Graphics Level 1

What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in design and scale drawing.

What will I learn? You will learn a variety of skills including formal and informal drawing techniques, colour
rendering and drawing presentation, letter and information layout covering the following topics based on
furniture and building:

    •   Graphic communication and design
    •   Media design
    •   Technology design
    •   Architectural design
    •   Design of restaurant franchise, magazine cover, garden feature, circuit diagram, apartment

Where does it lead? Graphics Level 3.       Specialised drawing instruments are required.

HISTORY– LEVEL 2
This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.
What are the prerequisites? Literacy skills. History Level 1 is useful but not essential.

What skills/interests do I need? You should have an interest in people and events that have shaped the
modern world.

What will I learn? Students will study themes from:

    •   Origins of WWI
    •   Conflict in Vietnam 1945-1975
    •   Changing roles and opportunities for women in NZ 1880-1960
    •   Homefront in NZ during WWII

Where does it lead? History Level 3

HEALTH – LEVEL 2
This course consists of Achievement Standards and Course Endorsement is available.
What are the prerequisites? 11 credits at Level 1 Health. 14 credits at Level 1 Physical Education or other
academic level 1 subject (with teacher permission). Good levels of literacy (reading and writing).

What skills/interests do I need? Health Education aims to enhance well-being for self, others and society.
Students are encouraged to identify strategies, and develop the knowledge and skills to make health enhancing
decisions. Level 2 Health focuses on societal influences on health and strategies for societal well-being.

What will I learn?

    •   To devise goals and take action to enhance others wellbeing in the local community.
    •   An understanding of resilience, and why people deal with change in various ways.
    •   Sexuality as a social issue and strategies to address problems.
    •   Analysing an adolescent issue and examining the influences, consequences and strategies to improve.

Where does it lead?
Level 3 Health and Physical Education courses. Possible tertiary and career options could include education,
psychology, sociology, politics, law, economics, medicine, community health and social and justice services.
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