Advice for Students Entering Year 11

Advice for Students Entering Year 11

Year 11 Course Requirements

Students will be required to study six subjects. The following subjects are compulsory:

  • English OR English for New Settlers
  • Mathematics OR Mathematics Alternative OR Mathematics Applied
  • Science OR Science Skills OR Science Advanced (Double Option)

In selecting a programme students need to ask themselves:

  • What qualifications do I want to gain while at school?
  • What qualifications and courses do I need for tertiary study or for the work I hope to do when I leave school?
  • Does my subject selection provide enough flexibility to change courses or direction in the future?
  • Will I be appropriately challenged and have a good chance of success in this course?
  • Do I have the prerequisites for the course?

Have I discussed my preferences with my parents and teachers (Tutor, Dean, Subject Teacher, Head of Department, Careers Adviser)?

Do not select subjects for the wrong reasons, such as:

  • You like or dislike a teacher!
  • You have a friend in the class!
  • You think it’s a boy’s/girl’s subject!
  • You think it might be too difficult!
  • You think it will fit in better with your part-time job!
  • You don’t have anything else to do!

NCEA Level 1 Certificate Requirements

  • To gain a Level 1 NCEA Certificate students must obtain 80 credits
  • These credits are gained by obtaining Achievement Standards/Unit Standards in each subject.
  • Most Year 11 subjects that Howick College will offer in 2014 have a potential of 18 to 24 credits.
  • There are minimum literacy and numeracy credit requirements in order to gain NCEA Level 1: Students are to gain 10 numeracy and 10 literacy credits, and 80 credits TOTAL

Key Points to Note:

  • Courses will only be provided if there are sufficient student enrolments. If necessary related courses will be amalgamated to form a viable class size.
  • Howick College will endeavor to accommodate student subject choices. It will develop a timetable structure that best meets the requirements of the greatest possible number of students.
  • Multi-level study is an essential component of the college curriculum. Students may study at any of the different levels, however, any students wishing to study at a higher level must have the approval of the appropriate Head of Department.
  • Some subjects require students to pay material fees; these fees vary from subject to subject.
  • Some subjects have field trips as part of their course and students must be prepared to participate and pay the appropriate trip costs.
  • All subject material fees or arrangements for payment must be made at the beginning of the course. These subject fees must be paid in full if you want to progress to the next level in that subject.