Getting Started with Course Selection

The aim of this website is to provide a guide to students in planning their pathways towards further education, training and employment.

It contains a detailed list of courses to be offered at Ashburton College, along with a listing of teachers/personnel who can give you guidance with your course selections.

If you do not know what you want to do in your future, do not worry, that is extremely common. Keep your options broad.


Further information about course selection can be obtained at the Course Information Evening at the Hotel Ashburton on Wednesday 7 August 2019 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm or by contacting Subject Teachers, Deans, Heads of School or the Careers Advisor - Teri Nichol.


YEAR 9

Students enrolling in Year 9 2020 have the choice of joining an Innovation class or experiencing the traditional single subject model of learning.   In Innovation classes, students will experience project-based learning across a number of learning areas.  The focus will be on growing core learning dispositions and thinking skills. Students need to select either traditional or innovation as one of their core options.

In addition to a full year programme of Innovation or Traditional (Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Health, Mathematics and English), all Year 9 students will study nine other subjects which they will select.  These nine choice subjects run for 13 weeks each.  

The New Zealand Curriculum Framework states that students should undertake a balanced programme.  Students will be guided in their choices so that they select at least one subject from within the Arts, Languages and Technology learning areas.

Students are asked to choose ten different subjects as it may not be possible for all students to have their first nine choices due to possible restrictions on class numbers, staff availability and classroom space.


YEAR 10

Students enrolling in Year 10 2020 have the choice of joining an Innovation class or experiencing the traditional single subject model of learning.   In Innovation classes, students will experience project-based learning across learning areas.  The focus will be on growing core learning dispositions and thinking skills. Students need to select either traditional or innovation as one of their core options.

In addition to a full year programme of Innovation or Traditional (Social Studies, Science, Physical Education and Health, Mathematics and English), all Year 10 students will study three other subjects which they will select.  These three choice subjects run for the full year.  

Students are asked to choose four different subjects as it may not be possible for all students to have their first three choices due to restrictions on class numbers, staff availability and classroom space.


YEAR 11

Year 11 students will study six courses.  Three must be English, Mathematics and Science.  In addition to these three subjects, you must choose three other courses.  You will also need to choose a backup course.  

While we will endeavour to meet all course choices, there may be combinations of courses that simply cannot be timetabled and these students may be asked to choose an alternative course or to look at enrolling in a course through Online Learning.

To receive NCEA Level 1 students must achieve 80 credits from Level 1 or higher including 10 Literacy and 10 Numeracy credits from specified Standards.


YEAR 12

Year 12 students study six courses.  This must include a course in English.  See the Head of School/Deputy Principal if you want to enter five Level 2 courses.  You must also indicate a seventh backup course if your first options are not available.  

To receive NCEA Level 2 students must achieve 60 credits from Level 2 or higher and another 20 from any other level.

If you intend to go to University or Polytechnic you should check their entry requirements.

University Entrance requires you to achieve 14 credits in each of the three University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3, to have University Entrance Literacy (5 reading and 5 writing credits from specified Standards) and Numeracy at Level 1. 


YEAR 13

Year 13 students must select five courses.  See the Head of School/Deputy Principal if you want to enter six courses.  These courses may be from Level 1, 2 or 3.  You must also indicate a backup course if your first options are not available.  

To receive NCEA Level 3 students must achieve 60 credits from Level 3 or higher and another 20 from Level 2.

University Entrance requires you to achieve 14 credits in each of the three University Entrance approved subjects at Level 3, to have University Entrance Literacy (5 reading and 5 writing credits from specified Standards) and Numeracy at Level 1. 


FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Some courses require prerequisites of performance.  Please check with your Teacher.  
  • Courses will only run if staff and resources are available.
  • Changes will only be made to course changes under exceptional circumstances.
  • In some cases entry may be granted to a course where the entry requirement has not been met.  Only a head of School or Dean can make this decision after consultation with the Teacher in Charge of the course.