1 ROSMINI COLLEGE NCEA Senior Subject Guide 2017 Making Option Choices - Students from Years 8-12 will receive an email with a link and instructions as to how to make their option choices Week 5 - Tuesday, 23rd August, 6pm, Pavilion: NCEA and Option Evening - Wednesday, 24th August: Current Year 11-12 options due - Friday 26th August: Current Year 10 options due
2 Contents NCEA Qualification Information 3 Careers Related Information 4 Important Information for each level 8 Course information in Learning Areas - English 10 o English for students with limited English 14 - Mathematics 17 - Science 23 - Social Sciences o Geography 29 o History 31 o Classical Studies 33 o Tourism 34 - Commerce 35 o Accounting 36 o Economics 37 - The Arts 39 o Visual Art 39 o Drama 41 o Music 42 - Physical Education 44 - Languages o Maori 47 o French 48 o Japanese 50 - Technology o Hospitality and Catering 52 o Technology 54 o Engineering 56 o Design and Visual Communication 57 o Digital Technology 59 - Gateway 61 - Religious Education 62 - Health and Life Skills 63
3 NCEA Qualifications What you need to gain at each level NCEA Level 1- Level 2- Level 3 University Entrance The diagram below represents the requirements for New Zealand University Entrance. Please Note: To gain selection into many University courses, your level of achievement needs to be well above the minimum requirement of University Entrance. Please check the following pages very carefully for additional requirements such as specified subjects/credits.. University Entrance from NCEA- There are 4 components Numeracy = 10 credits @ Level 1 or higher From specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects Literacy = 10 credits @ Level 2 or higher From specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects 5 credits in Reading From a specified list 5 credits in Writing From a specified list Level 3 (or higher) in Three Approved Subjects (Level 3 credits achieved in Years 11 & 12 count towards University Entrance) Minimum of 14 credits in ONE approved subject Minimum of 14 credits in a SECOND approved subject Minimum of 14 credits in a THIRD approved subject Achieve NCEA Level 3 Certificate = 80 credits (minimum of 60 credits @ Level 3 + 20 credits @ Level 2) Credits to achieve NCEA Level 3 may come from either Achievement or Unit Standards 1 2 3 4
4 Certificate Endorsement An overall certificate is issued when a student achieves Level 1, 2 or 3. These certificates can be achieved with Merit or Excellence overall. In order to achieve Level 1, 2 or 3 with Excellence, at least 50 of the credits achieved must be at the Excellence level. To achieve a certificate with Merit at least 50 of the credits must be achieved at the Merit or Excellence level. Course Endorsement A student may gain a course endorsement, for example, English Level 2 with Excellence. In order to gain a course endorsement, a student must achieve 14 credits at the Excellence or Merit level and at least three credits must be internally assessed credits and three credits externally assessed.
The exceptions are Physical Education and Visual Arts. Physical Education students require 14 internal credits at Excellence for an Excellence Endorsement or at Merit for a Merit Endorsement because it is an entirely internally assessed course. Visual Arts students will gain an Excellence or Merit Endorsement if they achieve Excellence or Merit for their Boards or Portfolio which is worth 14 External credits or if they achieve 14 credits for their internal Achievement Standards. ● Entry into many careers is not as dependent on course choice as it is on grades. ● There are many hundreds of careers not on this list, but this guide details areas that are often inquired about.
● For the career areas listed below the courses are highly recommended, in some cases compulsory. ● You are advised to see the Careers Advisor (Mr Latch) if you are not sure. ● Senior students can also enquire about the marks required for entry to specific courses, e.g. Law or Medicine as these can vary from year to year. Choosing your subjects Plan to keep your course as broad as possible. Your college years are a time for exploring ideas and possibilities and finding out more about yourself. Keep in mind the following; ● It is important that you are interested in and enjoy the subjects you choose ● Some subjects which are not related strongly to a career may provide a base for a lifelong interest or hobby ● Subjects have value in the development of both specific and generic skills, not just knowledge content You must also take into consideration how the credits from the subject fit into your overall record of learning in terms of: ● Completing the Level 1, 2 or 3 NCEA qualification ● Meeting numeracy and literacy requirements ● Meeting entry requirements for tertiary courses / apprenticeship opportunities Careers Related information
5 Subject Choices and Careers What Subjects Do I Need? When making decisions about what subjects to take it is important to remember that for many courses and job training situations you do not need to have studied particular subjects at school. It is more important that you can demonstrate your interest in learning through your school grades and teachers’ report comments. Therefore your college years can be a chance to keep your studies broad rather than specializing at an early age. It may be helpful to sort subjects into 3 categories – USEFUL, RECOMMENDED and COMPULSORY.
Useful Every subject is useful for developing knowledge and skills.
Useful subjects add value to your overall course of study even though they may not be directly related to your future plans. Recommended These subjects provide a strong background of knowledge and skills needed for further study and training. Subjects recommended for tertiary study and job training are listed in the following pages. Compulsory These subjects provide necessary building blocks of knowledge and skills. You must have these subjects in order to gain entry into specific courses either at school at tertiary level. Study at school – many subjects have pre-requisites at each year level, check summaries.
Study at tertiary level Entering on job training / apprenticeships – e.g. ETCO electrical apprenticeships Subject Guide for Apprenticeships & On Job Training If you are considering entering into an apprenticeship or trainee position, it is important to realize that most employers are looking for young people with a positive attitude, good communication skills, basic literacy, numeracy and information technology skills. Many of the training programmes in work places are administered by ITO’s (Industry Training Organisations). Although the minimum entry for many apprenticeships and trainee positions are generally set at Level 1, students are encouraged to continue with Level 2 NCEA studies.
To complete four years secondary schooling increases a student’s opportunities for employment. A high level of maturity is required to meet the demands of both work and study necessary to complete an apprenticeship.
Subject recommendations and requirements vary but the main focus is on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Technology. Remember, in competitive times the “minimum” might not be enough for you to be offered a place. Aim to be well above the minimum.
6 General Guide to Employment & Training Career Area Minimum Recommendations or Requirements Agriculture/Horticulture No specific subjects, Science @ L1 is useful Apprenticeships (Trades) e.g. Building, Plumbing, Automotive Most require Level 1 to be achieved and many trades prefer specific subjects to be taken and passed at Level 2 Apprenticeships (Electrical) ETCO has compulsory requirements set as a minimum of 12 credits in each of English, Mathematics and Science @ L1 Banking / Insurance English and Mathematics @ L2, I.T.
skills essential Computing / I.T. (PC Engineer) English and Mathematics @ L2 recommended to gain entry into a Diploma PC Engineering. Computer Studies useful Chefing / Hospitality No specific subjects, experience in industry is helpful Fitness Instructor No specific subjects, Science and P.E. useful Hairdressing No specific subjects, Science @ L1 is useful Legal Secretary / Office Admin English @ Level 2, Mathematics useful, I.T. skills essential Police Equivalent of Level 2 English, Mathematics Aptitude Test required. Most successful applicants have some life experiences and are over 20 years old.
Retail / Sales English and Mathematics @ L1, I.T. skills important Travel & Tourism 4 years secondary schooling to gain entry into a L4 Certificate course.
Defence Forces (Air Force, Army, Navy) The Defence Forces provide many opportunities for apprenticeships and on job training. The minimum age for entry is 17 years and applicants are required to pass a Medical Assessment, Physical Fitness Test and Aptitude Test. It is important to check Residence / Citizenship requirements. Due to high demand most successful applicants are achieving well above the minimum requirements. General Summary of Entry into the Defence Forces Air Force, Army, Navy Recommendations / Minimum Requirements Support Roles English, Mathematics, Science @ L1 Most Apprenticeships English, Mathematics and Science or a Technology subject & L1 Engineering Apprenticeships English, Mathematics & Science (preferably Physics) @ L2 Officer & Specialist Roles English, Mathematics and a Science subject @ L2 or L3 Undergraduate Scheme University Entrance @ L3 – high level of achievement
7 Subject Guide for Tertiary Study ● This is only a general guide for study areas where a background in certain school subjects is strongly recommended. ● There are many other study areas that do not require any particular subjects. Remember all subjects are useful for knowledge and skills. ● Only a very small number of university courses have compulsory requirements. These tend to be science related courses. ● E.L.R. = subjects rich in English language Recommended Subjects – Tertiary Study Study Areas Level 1 (Yr 11) Courses Level 2 (Yr 12) Courses Level 3 (Yr 13) Courses Architecture Visual Art or Design & Visual Communication Mathematics Science Design and / or Painting or Design & Visual Communication Mathematics Design and / or Painting or Design & Visual Communication One E.L.R.
subject Business (degree level study) Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics (Statistics or Calculus) Law No specific subjects No specific subjects Minimum – one E.L.R. subject Engineering Mathematics Science Mathematics Physics Chemistry Maths with Calculus Physics Chemistry Biological Sciences Mathematics Science Biology Chemistry Mathematics Biology Chemistry Maths with Statistics (or Calculus) Health Sciences (Dentistry, Medicine, Medical Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy) Mathematics Science Mathematics Minimum two out of three sciences; Biology, Chemistry, Physics Maths with Statistics (or Calculus) Minimum two out of the three sciences; Biology, Chemistry, Physics One E.L.R.
subject Health Science (Nursing, Occupational Therapy) Mathematics Science Mathematics (optional) Minimum of one of the science; Biology Chemistry Physics Minimum of one of the following; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science, Mathematics Plus One E.L.R. subject Technology / Physical Sciences Mathematics Science Mathematics Physics Chemistry Maths with Calculus Physics Chemistry Veterinary Science Science Mathematics Mathematics Biology Chemistry Physics Maths with Statistics (or Calculus) Biology Chemistry Physics The website www.careers.govt.nz is a useful resource for exploring and gathering careers information.
8 All Year 11 and 12 students are required to study FIVE OR SIX SUBJECTS. Most students at Rosmini College go on to study in Year 13. The majority of students in Year 13 will be attempting to gain University Entrance and NCEA Level 3. For this reason, before choosing Level 1 and 2 subjects, students and parents should look at Level 2 and 3 subjects (including those that can be started at a higher level). If a student has a particular career in mind, the pre-requisites for this should be investigated. Level 1 (Year 11) Courses ● RE, PE, Health and English and Maths are compulsory and will be automatically selected.
● If you are a five subject student, select three subjects plus one reserve subject. ● If you are a six subject student, select three subjects plus one reserve subject which becomes your fourth subject. ● If you select General Science you cannot select Physics, Chemistry or Biology. Six subjects are only available to students currently in 10EMS. Level 2 (Year 12) Courses ● RE, PE, Health and English are compulsory and will be automatically selected. ● If you are a five subject student, three subjects plus one reserve subject. ● If you select General Science you cannot select Physics, Chemistry or Biology ● If you are a six subject student, select four subjects plus one reserve subject ● Most students will select three subjects plus one reserve subject.
Six subjects are only available to students who have been studying 6 subjects this year. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EACH LEVEL
9 Level 3 (Year 13) Courses All Year 13 students are required to study FIVE options as well as Health, P.E and R.E. The majority of students in Year 13 will be attempting to gain University Entrance and NCEA Level 3. For this reason, before choosing Level 3 subjects, students and parents should look at the Level 3 subjects, and ensure if university is a consideration for the future, that 4 of the options chosen are university approved (these subjects are marked ‘*UE Approved’ in this booklet) If a student has a particular career in mind, the pre-requisites for this should be investigated.
Important to note at Level 3 (Year 13) ● RE, PE, Health are compulsory and will be automatically selected.
● Students need to select 5 other options they want to take in 2017. ● We recommend students choose one English rich subject. ● Students planning to go to university need to ensure they have at least four university approved subjects. ● Students picking up a new academic subject at Year 13 need to have gained at least 14 credits in an English rich subject at Level 2. Important: Standards included in this senior subject guide may change for 2017. Students will be made aware of any changes in the course outlines they receive in 2017.
Course fees are separate to stationary costs. Included in this guide are course fees which are specific for each subject/ level and relate primarily to field trips or specific programmes, like Write that Essay, which are not included in stationary fees. Course fees should not affect a student’s decision as to whether or not they choose an option as financial support is available through the college, if and when needed.
10 ENGLISH HOD: Mr C. Herbst Option to move from ENH to ENG *UE Approved NCEA Level 1: COMPULSORY 11 English Transition 11ENT Literature, reading comprehension, creative skills, verbal communication, research skills and analysis of film are all important.
This class makes provision is made for students who struggle with the subject. These students will have been tracked from year 8. Entry criteria: Teacher recommendation Descriptor Int/ Ext Credits L1 Lit Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), using supporting evidence (1.1) Ext 4 Y Produce creative writing (1.4) Int 3 Y Produce formal writing (1.5) Int 3 Y Construct and deliver an oral text. (1.6) Int 3 Y Create a visual text (1.7) Int 3 Y Form personal responses to independently read texts, supported by evidence (1.10) Int 4 Y Where will this course lead? 12ENT, providing 10 literacy credits have been gained.
English at Level 2 is compulsory.
Course fees: A $10.00 fee is required for the “Write that Essay” programme. NCEA Level 3 NCEA Level 2 COMPULSORY NCEA Level 1 COMPULSORY Year 10 Year 9 9ENG 25 points 10ENG 25 points 11ENT 12ENT 11ENG 12ENG 13ENG* 10ENX 14 NCEA 11ENH 12ENH