In Years 9 & 10 you had the opportunity to experience a wide range of subjects. This continues in Year 11, however in Years 12 and 13, you begin to specialise, and study five or six subjects each year.
You will find it easier to motivate yourself and to achieve to the best of your ability if you choose the subjects you are good at or personally interested in. If you are not sure what you want to do in the future, choose a broad range of subjects to keep a broad range of options open to you once you leave school. If you do know what you would like to do, make sure you know which subjects you need to choose to reach your goals.
Choose your subjects carefully. What you choose now is what the 2024 timetable will be based on. If you change your mind later on, the subjects you want may not be available. If you change your mind before the end of the year let your Dean know immediately.
Read the subject descriptions carefully. Choose subjects that develop your strengths and interests. Look ahead to see where subjects lead in your final years at school and beyond. Use the Curriculum Overview to help you with this. Discuss your subject choices with parents/caregivers and remember that there are many people here who can answer your questions and help you decide on the subjects that are right for you. Note that there may be some prerequisites and subjects that require approval from the Head of Department.
Key Competencies – capabilities for living and lifelong learning
The New Zealand Curriculum (pp. 12-13) identifies five key competencies:
People use these competencies to live, learn, work, and contribute as active members of their communities. These competencies link directly to the school vision, mission and values. At Wellington Girls’ College you will experience multiple opportunities to develop these competencies regardless of the subjects you choose and the extra-curricular activities you are involved in.
Learning Areas – important for a broad, general education The New Zealand Curriculum specifies eight learning areas: English, the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology.
In Years 9 – 11 all students experience learning in each of these eight learning areas.
In Years 12 – 13 you have a wide range of subjects to choose from. Some of you will continue with a broad, general course while other students will begin to specialise as you approach the end of your school years and as your ideas about future direction become clearer.
You can gain credits towards a range of recognised qualifications, and in some cases, participate in programmes offered by workplaces and tertiary institutions. All of our senior courses prepare you for tertiary study at a university or polytechnic, a private training establishment or to enter the workforce.
NOTE: All subjects are dependent on numbers and staffing.
Years and curriculum levels
The diagram below shows how curriculum levels typically relate to years at school. Note that many students do not necessarily fit this pattern, for example, those with special learning needs, those who have been extended, and those who come from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Broadly speaking, our Year 9 courses target Level 4 of the curriculum, and our Year 10 courses target Level 5 and lay the groundwork for transition to Level 6 in Year 11. Knowledge and skills from earlier curriculum levels are reinforced within a differentiated programme, taking account of individual learning needs in each class. Challenge and extension at higher curriculum levels is also provided depending on individual learning needs.
Note: Level 1 is the entry level if you are learning a language you have not learned before, regardless of which year you are in at school.
NCEA Levels 2 & 3
Standards available are organised into levels of increasing difficulty. Standards assessed at school are usually at Levels 2 and 3. From 2024, WGC will no longer be offering NCEA Level 1. In Year 12, students will progress to Level 2, and Level 3 in Year 13. NCEA Level 2 aligns with curriculum level 7; and NCEA Level 3 with curriculum level 8.
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
NCEA is the main qualification in the senior secondary school. You are able to obtain NCEA from a wide range of subjects within and beyond the school curriculum. NCEA is a broad based qualification. It encourages you to develop your particular strengths within a well-rounded general education.
From 2024, to be awarded any level of NCEA, learners will need to achieve the new 20 credit co-requisite for literacy and numeracy. Note that from 2024, the ‘carry over’ mechanism for credits will cease.
To gain NCEA Level 2 you must collect 60 credits at Level 2. Although there are no literacy or numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 2, achievement in certain literacy standards is a pre-requisite for University Entrance. These will be confirmed before 2025.
To gain NCEA Level 3 you must collect 60 credits at Level 3.
NCEA certificate endorsements:
To qualify for a merit endorsement you must achieve 50 credits at Merit or Excellence at the same level, or higher, as the certificate being awarded.
To qualify for an excellence endorsement you must achieve 50 credits at Excellence at the same level, or higher, as the certificate being awarded.
Note that credits can be accumulated over more than one year for the purposes of certificate endorsement. Endorsements will be shown on the Record of Achievement.
NCEA subject endorsements:
Strengths in individual courses are recognised with a course endorsement at Merit or Excellence. To qualify for course endorsement you must:
The following subjects are 100% internally assessed, so are not eligible for course endorsement:
Qualifications offered in addition to NCEA
In senior school STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) courses are available to expand students’ learning. These will be available throughout the year and we encourage students to avail themselves of these opportunities in their area of interest. These opportunities are advertised in Te Pūriki regularly throughout the year.
Scholarship is an additional award available for students entering subjects at Level 3. The intention of ‘Scholarship’ is to identify and reward the very top achievers in each subject nationwide. As it is not a qualification, credits are not collected for achievement in Scholarship. Students have the chance of winning financial awards for study at tertiary level based on their performance in Scholarship examinations. Detailed information regarding Scholarship is issued to interested students each school year.
Entry to some university, polytechnic and Private training courses require specific school subjects.
Read this section very carefully if you are planning to go to tertiary education.
The only Year 13/Level 3 subjects NOT on the approved list are:
All other Year 13/Level 3 subjects offered at WGC are on the approved list.
*Humanities can be used to get UE in Classical Studies
University Entrance and NCEA Level 3 are NOT the same thing. To be awarded University Entrance, you will need to tick all of the following:
NCEA Level 3
60 credits at Level 3 or above.
14 credits at Level 3 or higher in an approved subject
14 credits at Level 3 or higher in a second approved subject
14 credits at Level 3 or higher in a third approved subject
10 credits at Level 2 or above available through a range of subjects made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
Numeracy & Literacy
The Dean will contact you if you are going into Year 13 and have not gained the minimum literacy credits required for University Entrance (5 approved credits in reading; 5 approved credits in writing) and/or the minimum numeracy credits you require (10 credits at Level 1 or above). There are a range of subjects you can take which offer the reading and writing credits you need, and there are a range of ways in which we can support you to achieve the numeracy credits you need. Course outlines show which standards count for UE Literacy. Note that from 2024 onwards, the literacy and numeracy requirements will change for those in Year 11 only.
Applicants to Auckland University are required to have gained a minimum of 17 credits in English at Level 2 and/or Level 3. If you do not meet this requirement but otherwise qualify for admission you are required to complete an academic English course during your first year of study.
Choose your 2024 subjects carefully. What you choose now is what the 2024 timetable will be based on. If you change your mind later the subjects you want may not be available.
Confirmation of subject choices – Year 12 & 13 2024
A multi-level course may be right for you. Talk to your Dean and relevant HODs if this is something you are considering.
Placement of students in compulsory subjects:
Ingarihi (English), Hauora (Health and Wellbeing), Pāngarau (Mathematics) and Pūtaiao (Science) are compulsory in Year 11. Ingarihi (English) is compulsory in Year 12.
Heads Of Departments for Pāngarau (Mathematics) and Pūtaiao (Science) look at your achievement data and consult with teachers in their departments to determine the subject branches best suited to you. We want to maximise your chances of achieving the literacy and numeracy credits you need, while still providing you with appropriate challenge and extension.
Check information regarding course pre-requisites very carefully. Some subjects have no pre-requisites; others have strict pre-requisites that you must meet to be able to take that subject. This is to ensure that you have the best chance of success as you advance to a higher level of study. You must take this into account when making your provisional choices.
Charges in addition to standard stationery costs are noted where relevant in this booklet, as well as any specialist equipment you may need access to for particular courses.
In cases of hardship, please make contact with the school either via the Guidance Counsellor, the Dean, or the Finance Office.
Note that stationery lists for each year level can be accessed in the Start and end of year folder under both the 4students and 4parents tabs on our website. Stationery lists for 2024 will be available in this folder in early December.
We strongly recommend that you bring your own internet-capable device to school for learning. This could be a Chromebook, Ultrabook, laptop, or other device. Note that a smartphone is not a suitable device.
|Subject||Year 11||Year 12||Year 13|
|Visual Art: Mixed Media Art||Visual Art: Design||Visual Art: Design|
|Visual Art: Digital Storytelling||Visual Art: Painting||Visual Art: Painting|
|Māori Performing Arts||Visual Art: Photography||Visual Art: Photography|
|English||English: Literature||English: Literature|
|English – Working with Words||English: Projects||English: Projects|
|English: Stories||English: Stories|
|English Language Literacy||English Language Literacy||English Language Literacy|
|English Language 1||English Language 2|
PE & HEALTH
|Physical Education||Physical Education||Physical Education|
|Sports Science||Sports Science|
|Te Reo Māori||Te Reo Māori||Te Reo Māori|
|Chinese / Mandarin||Chinese / Mandarin||Chinese / Mandarin|
|Heritage Languages and Culture||Heritage Languages and Culture||Heritage Languages and Culture|
|Mathematics: Application & Interpretation,||Mathematics and Statistics||Mathematics and Statistics|
|Mathematics: Algebra & relationships||Mathematics and Statistics Internal||Mathematics and Statistics Internal|
|Mathematics: Projects||Mathematics with Calculus|
|Classical Studies||Classical Studies||Classical Studies|
|Sociology – Environment & Activism||Sociology||Sociology|
|Philosophy & Beliefs|
|Accounting and Financial skills in Action||Accounting||Accounting|
|Economics in Society||Economics||Economics|
|Media Studies - for entertainment||Media Studies||Media Studies|
|Media Studies - journalism|
|Computer Science & Programming||Computer Science & Programming||Computer Science & Programming|
|Design Digital Technology||Design Digital Technology||Design Digital Technology|
|Fashion and Textiles Technology||Fashion and Textiles Technology||Fashion and Textiles Technology|
|Product and Spatial Design Technology||Product and Spatial Design Technology||Product and Spatial Design Technology|
|Transition and Pathways||Transition and Pathways|
|General Studies||Customer Service Skills|
|Criminal minds literacy|
|Learning Studies||Learning Studies||Learning Studies|