Glendowie College offers an outstanding variety of subjects and levels for all students to select from. Each student’s subject requirements are carefully considered to ensure they are studying in a course relevant to their needs and suited to their ability, and staff advice is available.
Detailed criteria and descriptions of each subject and level are provided in the annual Course Selection booklet.
No decision of subjects or levels by international students is required or advised prior to their arrival at the College, only an indication of possible subjects may be requested.
Glendowie College delivers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Years 9 and 10.
In Year 9 students study English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology and Physical Education and Health. The balance of the Year 9 programme is through the selection of option subjects. Each student is required to select four options, including two options from the Arts, one option from the Languages and one from either the Arts or Languages.
At Year 10 level students study English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education and Health. They also choose four options from a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Technology and Languages. One of the options must be a language which was studied in Year 9. See the Curriculum booklet for selection.
The final three years of high school at Glendowie College provides a wide variety of subjects and levels for senior students, It is possible for a student to study across year levels (multi-level studies) if wished.
This means a student is able to select and study subjects at years 11, 12 and 13 levels in the same year. Most students however select their subjects from one year level to gain and complete the national NCEA qualification at that level. Students are required to attain a specified level of achievement in a subject before they are permitted to advance to the next level in that subject or a similar one.
Students study six academic subjects. All students must do a course in English (English or English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Mathematics (Mathematics or Mathematics Applied). Science is strongly recommended. An English Second Language student is not, however, required to study mainstream English at year 11 level unless they are of good English language ability.
All students must do a course in English or Te Reo Maori. An English Second Language student is not required to study mainstream English at year 12 level unless they are of good English language ability.
Students study six subjects and are encouraged to select subjects relevant to their career aspirations and further study. The national qualification at this level is The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2.
Students usually study five subjects at this level, but may study six. Subjects taken reflect a student’s interest and aspirations for further study, usually at the University or Polytechnic degree or diploma level.
The national qualification at this level is The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3. Students wishing to enter a New Zealand University must pass entrance standards established by The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the New Zealand University Council. Students are also invited to participate in the Scholarship programme.
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