1. What does the term “prerequisite” mean?
It means the level of learning you need to have already reached in that subject in order to go to the next level.
2. At which year level is English compulsory?
Years 9 – 12. However, there are university and career prerequisites which may mean you need to study longer.
3. At which year levels is Mathematics compulsory?
Years 9 – 11. However, there are university and career prerequisites which may mean you need to study longer.
4. What does ‘literacy’ mean in relation to NCEA?
Literacy is a basic level of skill in reading and writing. You need Level One Literacy in order to achieve Levels One and Two NCEA. Level One Literacy consists of 10 credits from standards which carry the literacy endorsement across a whole range of Achievement Standards. They are not extra credits. If you cannot achieve this, you can drop down to lower Unit Standard credits.
5. What does ‘numeracy’ mean in relation to NCEA?
This works similarly to literacy but relates to basic mathematical skills. Again, 10 credits are required from a range of Achievement Standards. If you cannot achieve this you can drop down to lower Unit Standard credits.
6. What is the difference between Achievement and Unit Standards?
Achievement Standards carry four levels of achievement – Excellence, Merit, Achieved, Not Achieved. Unit Standards, in nearly all cases, carry only two levels – Achieved, Not Achieved. Unit Standards are mostly used in vocational (job related) subjects.
7. What is the difference between Lit, Num, LitW and LitR on the Pathways Map?
Lit - Level 1 Literacy
Num - Level 1 Numeracy
LitW - Level 2 Writing (UE requirement)
LitR - Level 2 Reading (UE requirement)
8. Should I discuss my subject choices with my parents?
Absolutely you should. Your parents need to sign your choice form. Your choices should be made on the basis of a good discussion with your parents about your career plans.
9. What should I do if I don’t know what my future career path is?
You should keep your subjects as general as possible so that you do not shut out future pathways by taking very specialised subjects.
10. What do I do if I have lost my subject choice form?
Get another one from the Student Office.
11. What happens if I hand my form in late?
Your form will not be processed until all the on-time forms are completed so you may miss out on a place in oversubscribed subjects, or be put on a waiting list.
12. If I submit my subject choices on time does this guarantee I will get them?
In most cases, yes, provided you meet the prerequisites. However, sometimes not enough students opt for the subject and the subject has to be cancelled.
13. What does HOD approval mean?
It means that you need to have a conversation with the Head of Department of that subject before a decision can be made to admit you.
14. Can I change my subjects after I hand in my form?
Yes. You need to see your Dean to do this.
15. What happens to my subject choices if I have poor NCEA results?
You will have to negotiate your programme from a limited choice of subjects.
16. How do I make an appointment at the Careers Centre?
Go there and request an appointment. The Careers Centre is located in H Block (opposite H2).
17. If Mrs Batt calls for me to go to the Careers Centre and I choose not to go, what could be the consequences?
Your programme might not be suitable for your career plan. A number of students each year find out too late that they have taken the wrong subjects.
18. Who else can help me apart from Mrs Batt and Ms van Daatselaar?
Your Dean, your Tutor, your Year Level Manager, your subject teachers.
19. When will my internal results show on the NZQA website?
Early July. Cards with logon details arrive in late June.
20. What are Course Confirmation Days?
These are two days in late January when Years 12 and 13 confirm their subjects for the new year. Often NCEA results mean that students change their minds about subjects or HOD’s decide students have or have not met the prerequisites. You will be given clear instructions about Course Confirmation before you go off for the summer holidays.
21. What should I do if I cannot come to Course Confirmation Day?
It is the school’s expectation that you come, however, if there is a genuine problem you should contact your Dean by email as soon as you are aware you cannot attend.