Year 11 to 13 Senior School Courses
The proportion of compulsory studies gets less as students progress through their senior years. Personal strengths, a greater awareness of future directions and course counselling all help students to plan their options to meet their personal needs and career paths.
Year 11 - Course of Study
Most students will follow English, Mathematics and Science courses. English and Mathematics are important in themselves, as key subjects in supporting learning in other areas, and as a compulsory part of the National Certificate in Educational Achievement. Students are then able to opt for courses which suit their particular strengths or the requirements of their continuing educational plans.
Try to seek as much guidance as possible from Subject Teachers, Deans and the Careers Staff as to the courses best suited to you. Assessment procedures vary greatly between courses. Check the individual subject profiles and talk to subject teachers for assessment and qualification details. Students are reminded that a well balanced, broad choice of subjects is most advisable at Year 11 level.
Year 12 – Course of Study
Most courses in Year 12 will offer achievement standards leading towards NCEA Level 2. The Rules and Procedures concerning NCEA level 2, and its Administration in the Golden Bay High School, are the same as those applied to Level 1.
Note that there are no specific literacy or numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 2. However most students will follow both a Mathematics and English programme as they will not only need to develop skills that support other areas of learning, but they will also need to be aware of minimum literacy and numeracy requirements for University Entrance. At present these are: 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English 14 credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics.