Students entering Year 12

All students in Year 12 will select 6 courses.  English is compulsory; this is to make sure they gain Level 2 University Entrance Literacy.  Students who select Automotive Vocational Pathways or Building and Construction Vocational Pathways will automatically be selected for English VP, Maths VP and Science VP and will select one more option of their choice.

For some subjects at NCEA Level 2 there may be prerequisites. This means students need to have studied a designated Level 1 subject and gained a specified number of credits or achieved certain standards.

Many employers see NCEA Level 2 or above as the basic requirement for a job or apprenticeship. Students interested in a trade or practical vocation can often work towards this and earn NCEA credits at Level 2 while they are at school.  Their options can include a Vocational Pathways course at a tertiary education provider.

Before selecting courses students should explore their options by:

  • Comparing the information on tertiary options on the Careers NZ website
  • Talking to students who are in tertiary study or training now or who have just finished
  • Talking to family/whānau/fono, teachers, their Well-being Leader and the Careers Team about your ideas
  • Using the Jobs database to find out what you need to get into a job of interest
  • Use the Course searcher tool to look up what and where you can study
  • Students aiming to do a degree at a tertiary institution should take great care that their selected courses are also available as a Level 3 course. It is a good idea to choose Year 13 courses first and then work backwards to the Year 12 courses that will support these.
  • Volunteering in your community


Other Information

  • Most courses consist of 16-20 credits.
  • Achievement Standards and Unit Standards can provide credits for Tertiary entrance or qualifications - see the most up to date University Entrance requirements which can be found in the careers centre.
  • To obtain Level 2 National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), a candidate needs to get at least 60 credits at L2 plus 20 credits from Level 1 or above. 


N.B. Course availability is dependent on numbers and staffing, and course entry will be confirmed at the beginning of 2021. Students will be required to select additional back-up courses as part of this process.

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