COURSE SELECTION & COURSE BOOK

Pakuranga College course selection and course book

Welcome to the Pakuranga College course selection and course book pages. You can use these pages on the website to read about subject pathways, individual subjects and to choose your options for the following year.   If at any time you would like further information about a learning area, subject or pathway please contact our Careers Department.

INTRODUCTION

Subject Flow Chart
Pakuranga College Educational Process

Caelum Certe Patet / Reach for the Skies

 

The New Zealand Curriculum:    Statements and prescriptions in English, The Arts, Learning Languages, Health & Physical Education, Mathematics & Statistics, Science, Social Sciences and Technology.

 

What should students learn?    Students must have opportunities to
succeed in the eight learning areas.  The foundation subjects are English
and Mathematics.  The focus will be on deep learning rather than coverage.

Through taking control over their own learning.  Through thought processing: organising information, selecting strategies, critically examining prior understandings.  Through talk and action with others.

 

Co-constructivist Theory:    Students construct their knowledge through interactions with people, and their social and cultural environment, as well as through experiencing and experimenting (Alton-Lee, Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner, Bruner).

 

VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • We will nurture learners committed to personal excellence in all endeavours
  • We will promote respect
  • We will actively encourage innovative, reflective and adventurous educational and school practice
  • We will develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with all those involved in the education of our students
  • We will foster an appreciation of diversity in our school, national and global community

 

CURRICULUM DESIGN PRINCIPLES

  • Programmes are learner centred, catering for the diversity of learners’ strengths, interests and needs
  • Higher order thinking is the basis of learning in all curriculum areas
  • Learning contexts are relevant, current and engage 21st Century students
  • Sufficient time is allocated for effective learning relationships and in-depth learning
  • Assessment supports learning
  • Students have input into what and how they learn
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Choosing Your Subjects For 2017

Choose your subjects based on:

  • What you have studied in 2016
  • What you find interesting
  • What you are good at
  • What you need as school preparation for your career direction

 

Need help?

Go to www.careers.govt.nz and click on ‘jobs database’ or ‘plan your career’.

 

STEP 1
Read the course book online carefully

 

STEP 2
Choose the five full year courses you wish to study

 

STEP 3
Choose the most appropriate level at which to study. Discuss this with your parents, subject teachers, head of faculty, dean or careers advisor

 

STEP 4
If you wish to multi-level in any subject go and visit the careers advisors

 

STEP 5
Click on the ‘make your choices now’ link in the online coursebook, log onto Moodle and enter your 5 subject choices

 

STEP 6
Discuss and confirm your choices with a careers advisor when your class goes to the careers room in term 3

 

STEP 7
Discuss any recommended changes to your selection with your parents/caregivers
Every effort will be made to give you the subjects you select. Sometimes this is not possible because of subject clashes or not enough students choosing a subject. In this situation you will need to make a new selection

 

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NCEA and Scholarship

NCEA – How do I gain qualifications?
Through the year students will sit various assessments and exams. If they achieve (pass) in these standards, they gain credits. Some standards may be assessed during the year (internally assessed) and others through exams held at the end of the year (externally assessed). At all times you should be aiming to achieve the highest grades possible towards NCEA qualifications.

 

Level 1
80 credits at level 1 or higher with 10 of these credits from numeracy standards and 10 from literacy standards. There are two pathways for achieving the literacy and numeracy requirements.

All students take English or EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and Mathematics.
It is recommended that students also take level 1 Science, as some understanding of science comes into many courses beyond school.

 

Level 2

80 credits with a minimum of 60 of these credits at level 2 or above and 20 credits at level 1

Students should choose their subjects for level 2 based on previous study in level 1, interests, strengths and future direction. Please pay close attention to the prerequisites for the subjects you choose. A course in English or EAP is necessary.

 

Level 3

80 credits of which 60 credits must be at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or above

Students should be choosing their subjects for level 3 based on previous study in level 2, interests, strengths and future direction.

Gaining NCEA with Merit or Excellence
If you gain 50 or more of the required 80 credits at excellence level, you will earn an NCEA with excellence.
If you gain 50 or more credits at merit level (or a mix of merit and excellence), you will earn an NCEA with merit.

Course Endorsement
From 2012 you can gain course endorsements at merit or excellence.

 

Requirement:
• 14 or more credits at merit or excellence in that course in one year
• a minimum of 3 credits from an external exam in merit or excellence
• a minimum of 3 credits from an internal assessment in merit or excellence

 

For more detailed information about NCEA go to: www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea

 

Scholarship
Students who have achieved a significant number of excellence results in any level 2 subject should consider entering scholarship in that subject. Scholarship is a monetary award to recognise top students.
It will not attract credits nor contribute towards a qualification but the fact that a student has gained a scholarship will appear on their Record of Achievement.

Some teachers run scholarship classes before school, some after school and some are held during study periods. It is important that students are aware that they will be involved in some very exciting, high level thinking and must be self- motivated.

 

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Beyond Secondary School

Entrance to Tertiary Education

Education does not stop with secondary school. There are many times, places and levels to enter tertiary education in New Zealand. Not everyone needs to stay at school until the end of year 13. There are good
opportunities available to students any time after the end of year 11 or age 16, (the minimum legal age for leaving compulsory education), if leaving school is appropriate.
Students can move on to workplaces, private providers, polytechnics, wananga or universities where they can do youth training, foundation courses, introductory courses, apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas and degrees.

To meet the requirements to study at degree level, students must first achieve all the elements of University Entrance.

 

UE Numeracy
10 credits at level 1 or above from specified numeracy achievement standards or three specific numeracy unit standards

 

UE Literacy
10 credits (5 in reading and 5 in writing) from level 2 or higher

  • Specific level 2 and above achievement standards, or specific Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira level 2 and above standards, or
  • Two specific level 4 English for Academic Purposes unit standards, or
  • An academic literacy common assessment tool (CAT) at level 3 (no credit value, run by NZQA)

 

UE Academic requirement
Achievement of NCEA Level 3
(i.e. 60 credits at level 3 if they have 20 level 2 credits, or 80 credits at level 3 if they have no level 2 credits)

14 credits in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects (42 credits minimum. The remainder of the credits to make up the 60 or 80 required can come from any other level 3 credits the student achieves, either Achievement Standards or Unit Standards)
(All subjects in NZC with achievement standards at level 3 count as approved subjects)

 

UE Literacy requirement for University of Auckland only
17 credits in English achievement standards level 2 or level 3

Students who do not meet this requirement will complete an English course in their first or second semester.

Please remember:

  • Gaining level 3 does not necessarily mean a student has University Entrance and having University Entrance does not guarantee entry into any degree.
  • Students should strive to do the best they can to have the best chance to gain entry to their preferred courses.
  • We also recommend students seek advice from the Careers and Transition Department.

 

Email: wrd@pakuranga.school.nz for Ms Ward   OR

Email: pfaamalepe@pakuranga.school.nz for Mrs Faamalepe

 

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NCEA For University Entrance

Entrance to Tertiary Education

Education does not stop with secondary school. There are many times, places and levels to enter tertiary education in New Zealand. Not everyone needs to stay at school until the end of year 13. There are good
opportunities available to students any time after the end of year 11 or age 16, (the minimum legal age for leaving compulsory education), if leaving school is appropriate.
Students can move on to workplaces, private providers, polytechnics, wananga or universities where they can do youth training, foundation courses, introductory courses, apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas and degrees.

To meet the requirements to study at degree level, students must first achieve all the elements of University Entrance.

 

UE Numeracy
10 credits at level 1 or above from specified numeracy achievement standards or three specific numeracy unit standards

 

UE Literacy
10 credits (5 in reading and 5 in writing) from level 2 or higher

  • Specific level 2 and above achievement standards, or specific Te Reo Māori and Te Reo Rangatira level 2 and above standards, or
  • Two specific level 4 English for Academic Purposes unit standards, or
  • An academic literacy common assessment tool (CAT) at level 3 (no credit value, run by NZQA)

 

UE Academic requirement
Achievement of NCEA Level 3
(i.e. 60 credits at level 3 if they have 20 level 2 credits, or 80 credits at level 3 if they have no level 2 credits)

14 credits in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects (42 credits minimum. The remainder of the credits to make up the 60 or 80 required can come from any other level 3 credits the student achieves, either Achievement Standards or Unit Standards)
(All subjects in NZC with achievement standards at level 3 count as approved subjects)

 

UE Literacy requirement for University of Auckland only
17 credits in English achievement standards level 2 or level 3

Students who do not meet this requirement will complete an English course in their first or second semester.

Please remember:

  • Gaining level 3 does not necessarily mean a student has University Entrance and having University Entrance does not guarantee entry into any degree.
  • Students should strive to do the best they can to have the best chance to gain entry to their preferred courses.
  • We also recommend students seek advice from the Careers and Transition Department.

 

Email: wrd@pakuranga.school.nz for Ms Ward   OR

Email: pfaamalepe@pakuranga.school.nz for Mrs Faamalepe

 

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CONTACTS

Steph Ward
Phone: 09 534 7159 extn. 761
Email: wrd@pakuranga.school.nz

 

Paula Faamalepe
Phone: 09 534 7159 extn. 760
Email: pfaamalepe@pakuranga.school.nz

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