Level 1 Subjects
At Level 1 students study seven subjects. You must study a subject in the curriculum areas of Religious Studies, English and Maths.
You need to select four other subjects to study from the remaining Curriculum areas:
- It is recommended that you take a Science.
- You can only select one language.
- If you wish to select two subjects from one curriculum area you must get the approval of your Dean and the Head of Faculty.
- Courses running each year are dependent on participant numbers.
- The choices you make now will mean two curriculum areas will not be studied at all, which may limit future selections beyond Level 1.
Student learning is focused upon deepening their knowledge and thinking in matters that challenge their sense of self and application of faith. They will explore moral issues, and how moral choices e, so that they make informed moral decisions and engage in public debate. They will be introduced s of religious truth and how this is revealed. Students will appreciate how Scripture and the Catholic Church are shaped by history and the Holy Spirit and the importance of respecting other faiths.
4 Internal AS, totalling 19 Cr
AS 90818 Int 6 Cr – Conscience, Morality, Values
AS 91042 Int 4 Cr – Personal Involvement in a Social Justice Action
AS 90857 Int 3 Cr – Construct and Deliver an Oral Text
AS 90819 Int 6 Cr – Trinity (Key Belief)
Cost: Licence to use on-line digital resource $ 7 (To be confirmed)
Attitude Programme $5
Journey Programme $200 (TBC)
English - Level 1
Entry Guidelines: Level 1 English is a compulsory subject for all students.
The NCEA Level 1 English course develops skills in writing, speaking, reading, viewing, listening, and presenting. There is a focus on developing literacy, and ensuring students are prepared for NCEA Levels 2 and 3.
Achievement Standards may include:
3 Internal, 3 External AS, totalling 21 Cr
AS 90856 Int 3 Cr – Close viewing of visual text
AS 90053 Int 3 Cr – Produce formal writing
AS 90852 Int 3 Cr – Explain significant connections across texts
AS 90849 Ext 4 Cr – Show understanding of written texts
AS 90850 Ext 4 Cr – Show understanding of visual texts
AS 90851 Ext 4 Cr – Show understanding of unfamiliar texts
English Language Learning - Level 1
As specified by Director of International Students NCEA Internal credits will be selected from the following list:
An individualised course in English for speakers of other languages, designed to meet the needs of each student.
US 27996 – Write basic texts in very familiar topics (EL), v2, L1, 8 credits
US 27998 – Complete basic forms on familiar topics (EL), v2, L1, 4 credits
US 27982 – Read and understand basic texts on very familiar topics (EL), v2, L1, 8 credits
US 27987 – Respond to very basic spoken instructions (EL Foundation), v2, L1, 8 credits
US 27988 – Participate in basic spoken personal exchanges (EL), v2, L1, 10 credits
English - Applied English Level 1
Entry Guidelines: Placement in this course will be at the recommendation of Year 10 English teachers and in consultation with parents/caregivers. Final decision will rest with the Head of Faculty English.
This English course is for students who wish to improve their reading and writing skills and gain Level 1 Literacy. The course comprises of a range of Unit Standards and Achievement Standards that allow students to develop skills in writing and reading. This course is assessed internally, with no end of year English exam.
Completion of this course leads into Applied English Level 2.
A differentiated learning programme will be developed around the student’s needs and interests.
Mathematics - Numeracy
Entry Guidelines: Teacher recommendation in consultation with parents/caregivers.
This course is intended to cover the three numeracy Unit Standards to facilitate students achieving the Numeracy requirement for NCEA level 1 and the Numeracy requirement for University Entrance ‘UE’. This course will include work from Number, Measurement and Statistics.
Internal Unit Standards
US 26627 Int – ongoing assessment 3 cr: Use measurement to solve problems.
US 26626 Int – ongoing assessment 3 cr: Interpret statistical information for a purpose.
US 26623 Int – ongoing assessment 4 credits. Use number to solve problems.
Cost: $10 includes all resources required.
Scientific calculator essential e.g. Casio FX82. If students already have a graphics calculator they will not need a scientific calculator.
Mathematics - Level 1
Entry Guidelines: Year 10 mathematics. Teacher recommendation in consultation with parents/caregivers.
This internally assessed Achievement Standard based course is intended for those students who do not expect to be formally studying mathematics with calculus in year 13. This course will include content from all the strands of Mathematics.
4 Internal AS, totalling 13 Cr
AS 91026 Int 4 Cr – Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems
AS 90129 Int 3 Cr – Apply linear algebra in solving problems
AS 90132 Int 3 Cr – Apply right angled triangles in solving measurement problems
AS 90133 Int 3 Cr – Apply knowledge of geometric representations in solving problems.
Cost: $26 Maths workbook. Calculator required. Recommended graphic calculator Casio 9750 – this is an essential calculator for any level 2 or level 3 mathematics course.
Mathematics - Level 1 (externally assessed)
Entry Guidelines: Year 10 mathematics. A good command of algebra and a proven track record of ability to perform well under examination conditions. An essential for those wishing to continue with the MAT 2 course which leads to calculus.
This course includes objectives outlined in Levels 5 and 6 of the NZ Mathematics curriculum. Content from the number and algebra, geometry and measurement and statistics strands are studied within a range of meaningful contexts. Students will be expected to reason logically and systematically, and to communicate mathematical ideas.
AS 91026 Int 4 Cr – Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems.
AS 90127 Ext 4 Cr – Apply algebraic procedures in solving problems.
AS 90128 Ext 4 Cr – Investigate relationships between tables, equations and graphs.
AS 91031 Ext 4 Cr – Apply Geometric reasoning in solving problems.
Cost: $26.50 mathematics pack (workbooks). Graphics calculator is required. Casio 9750 recommended.
Science - Applied Science Level 1
Entry Guidelines: Year 10 Science teacher to make a recommendation.
Students will build on a foundation of scientific knowledge and skills gained in Years 9 and 10 to explore how the natural, physical, and material worlds work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role. The units of work are designed to help students understand the world around them and to develop a wide range of practical skills. Practical work is a major part of this course. Note that all standards offered are internal standards and so this course is not eligible for subject endorsement.
A selection (depending on staff and student interest) of four standards from:
90925 Int 4 Cr Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with direction.
90930 Int 4 Cr Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction.
90936 Int 4 Cr Demonstrate understanding of the physics of an application.
90941 Int 4 Cr Investigate the implications of electricity and magnetism for everyday life.
90942 Int 4 Cr Investigate the implications of wave behaviour for everyday life.
90943 Int 4 Cr Investigate the implications of heat for everyday life.
90945 Int 4 Cr Investigate the implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels
90946 Int 4 Cr Investigate the implications of the properties of metals for their use in society
90949 Int 4 Cr Investigate life processes and environmental factors that affect them.
90950 Int 4 Cr Investigate biological ideas relating to interactions between humans and micro-organisms.
90952 Int 4 Cr Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand.
90955 Int 4 Cr Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event.
Science - Level 1
Entry Guidelines: Year 10 Science teacher to make a recommendation.
Students will build on a foundation of scientific knowledge and skills gained in Years 9 and 10 to explore how the natural, physical, and material worlds work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which Science plays a significant role. The units of work are designed to help students understand the world around them and to develop a wide range of practical skills. Practical work is a major part of this course.
AS 90940 Ext 4 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics.
AS 90944 Ext 4Cr – Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases.
AS 90948 Ext 4Cr – Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation.
AS 90930 Int 4Cr – Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction
AS 90935 Int 4Cr – Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction
Cost: $20 Science Workbook.
Technology - Digital Technology
Term 1 – Develop a website to support an aspect of Road Safety
Term 2 – Developing Digital Outcomes (Computer Program)
Term 3 – Human Computer Interaction (External SAT)
Term 3-4 Algorithms
US18734 2Cr Int – Create a web page from a template
AS 91880 4Cr Int – Develop a digital media outcome (new)
AS 91883 4Cr Int – Develop a computer program (new)
AS 91073 4Cr Int – Implement basic procedures to produce a multimedia product.
AS 91886 3Cr Ext – Demonstrate understanding of human computer interaction
AS 91885 3Cr Int – Demonstrate understanding of searching and sorting algorithms
Costs: $15 course consumables, transportation and licensing software, stakeholder costs.
Technology - Fashion and Design Level 1
This course will appeal to students who have a passion for fashion and design and wish to learn the basic skills needed to begin a pathway into a career where innovation and problem-solving are desirable.
The emphasis of the course is to develop and enhance design and construction skills learnt over years 9 and 10. It is a highly practical course where learning the fundamental basic skills required to follow, adapt and create garments from patterns will be the core focus. Alongside construction skills, students learn how to create simple fashion illustrations, as drawing the figure and garments accurately is essential for a successful designer.
The course requires a high level of commitment, as all the practical work for NCEA is assessed in class. There is a large proportion of research which must be completed out of school. All students must be prepared to source their own materials and accessories for all garments that are designed and constructed. (Toile fabric, dyes, and basic sewing materials are supplied).
Completion of this course at L1, will allow students to progress through L2 & L3, where they will further increase their design understanding and construction skills.
AS 91058 Int 6 Cr – Implement basic procedures using textile materials to make a specified product
AS 91063 Ext 3 Cr – Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas
AS 91096 Int 4 Cr – Int Make basic adaptations to a pattern to enable a design to fit a
AS 91067 Int 3 Cr – Use the work of an influential designer to inform design ideas
Cost: $40 consumables
Food Technology - Level 1
Food Technology will appeal to students who have a taste for food and design. This course offers a combination of practical cookery skills and new product development.
The course builds upon the skills and knowledge developed in Year 10, however there are no prerequisites. The emphasis is to continue to work on practical skills and increase the knowledge and understanding needed to design and create food products which are technically more advanced.
Students will be assessed on three units of work: firstly, make and package preserves. The second is the basic skills involved in making a two tier sponge cake. The last unit of work is designing a two course sympathy meal with the perfect comfort food for a member of the wider community.
This course requires a high level of commitment, as all the practical work for NCEA is assessed in class. There is a large proportion of research and design which must be completed out of school.
Achievement standard 1.62 (91084) Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts used in preservation and packaging techniques for product storage
Achievement standard 1.61 (91083) Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts used in processing
Achievement Standard 1.60 (91082) Implement basic procedures to process a specified product
Achievement Standard 1.6 (91049) Demonstrate understanding of how materials enable technological products to function
Achievement Standard 1.3 (91046) Use design ideas to produce a conceptual design for an outcome to address a brief
Technology - Materials Technology
A proven interest and ability in Materials Technology at Y9 &10
Materials Technology is a practical subject that focuses on the activities of designing, making and evaluating projects; using a range of materials, tools and processes. This is a practical workshop based course.
Students will gain workshop skills through the use of tools and materials to make a project. Projects are designed, made and evaluated to a brief. Emphasis is placed on design, drawings, problem solving, hand skills, craftsmanship, finishing and evaluation of finished work.
Students make practical workshop projects in materials (wood, metal, plastic, etc.) using processes (marking out, cutting, machining, metal casting, finishing etc.) to achieve a final product. A folio of design work with models, prototypes, photos of the work and process will be presented with the finished project.
AS 91044 Int 4 Cr – Undertake brief development to address a need or opportunity. (This standard may be delivered in other Technology courses)
AS 91047 Int 6 Cr – Undertake development to make a prototype to address a brief. (This standard may be delivered in other Technology courses)
AS 91057 Int 6 Cr – Implement basic procedures using resistant materials to make a specified product (Specialist Category)
AS 91063 Ext 3 Cr -Produce freehand sketches that communicate design ideas
Cost: $100 for project materials. Addition cost may be incurred with complex projects.
Social Sciences - Economics Level 1
Students will gain both a practical and theoretical understanding of consumer decisions, producer decisions and the subsequent behaviour of these two groups in the market place. This is a foundation course that will equip students with economic terminology, knowledge, skills and models essential to the ongoing study of Economics at higher levels.
AS 90983 Ext 4 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of consumer choices, using scarcity and/or demand
AS 90984 Int 5 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of decisions a
producer makes about production
AS 90985 Int 3 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of producer choices using supply
AS 90986 Ext 5 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of how consumer,
producer and/or government choices affect society, using market equilibrium
AS 90988 Int 3 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of the interdependence of sectors of the New Zealand economy
Cost: Workbook $25
Social Sciences - Geography Level 1
This entry level course introduces students to the issues, concepts, ideas and skills that geographers study. There are two main themes: the study of earthquakes as extreme natural events in the context of Canterbury and the study of our changing and growing population in New Zealand and the world.
Research work focuses on earthquake related disaster preparation in Nelson. Students also study skills in the developing field of spatial analysis in the context of earthquake hazards in Canterbury.
Students with a keen eye for patterns and a flair for analysis will enjoy this course. All participants will gain a solid grounding in geographic concepts that will enable them to develop communication, computer and analytical skills as well as develop numeracy and literacy skills in an exciting and contemporary context.
AS 91007 Ext 4Cr – Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s)
AS 91010 Ext 4 Cr – Apply concepts and basic geographic skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment
AS 91011 Int 4 Cr – Conduct geographic research, with direction
AS 91012 Int 3 Cr – Describe aspects of a contemporary NZ geographic issue
AS 91014 Int 3 Cr – Apply spatial analysis, with direction, to solve a geographic problem
Social Sciences - History Level 1
“Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it”.
An understanding of where we have come from is a fundamental aspect of how people participate in their own society. This course brings history alive through fascinating topics designed to engage young adults and develop their understanding that all events have causes, consequences and multiple perspectives. .
Students will develop important transferable skills including; the ability to see events in History in context, to distinguish relationships, to read historical material in a discriminating way, to weigh evidence relating to historical events and issues, form judgements based on evidence and argue a case and present conclusions intelligently in structured writing.
Students develop insight into complex events such as the My Lai Massacre in 1968, a turning point in the Vietnam. They will explore their own backyard in a research project of their choice. They can choose from a range of local events including the Maungatapu Murders, the Wairau Affray or the Wreck of the Delaware.
AS 91003 Ext 4Cr – Interpret sources of an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
AS 91005 Ext 4 Cr – Describe the causes and consequences of an historical event
AS 91001 Int 4 Cr – Carry out an investigation of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
AS 91002 Int 4 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
AS 91004 Int 4 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
Physical Education and Health
Physical Education Level 1 encourages students to explore how physical activity can positively influence well-being and to understand how the body functions during movement. Movement and interpersonal skills are further developed in physical activities including badminton, touch rugby, aquatics, personal training, and in a variety of team pursuits.
17 credits offered, which are internally assessed Achievement Standards.
Cost: $9 for the student workbook & $20 for aquatics.
Arts - Level 1
Knowledge and experience within the field of Visual Art. Preference will be given to students who have completed the Yr 10 programme. An understanding of painting and design processes is expected.
This is a practical art course which aims to develop students’ skills and explore a wide range of techniques and media. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own experience of their environment, to find images from a wide variety of sources, to explore ideas through art media and to be critically aware of artists’ works and processes.
Students undertake a programme aimed at developing important wet and dry media skills and techniques. Building on their work in Year 10, students further explore the idea of informed practice and research a range of artists’ models for use in their own work.
10 Internal and 12 External AS, totalling 22 Cr
AS 90914 Int 4 Cr – Use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media. Aim: To develop techniques.
AS 90915 Int 6 Cr – Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of practice. Aim: To extend skills and knowledge.
AS 90916 Ext 12 Cr – Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media.
Cost: $50.00 course materials.
Arts - Drama Level 1
Entry Guidelines: Preferably Year 10 Dance/Drama
From the general approach in the junior school, this course narrows the focus and explores the techniques of acting in the theatre and beyond. Students explore the Drama ‘elements’ and ‘techniques’ to create multiple devised and scripted performances in groups. There is a focus on live performance, and the interaction between audience and performer. Students are required to make some written judgments about how their own techniques and others’ communicates meaning.
A full class production, a live theatre outing to the Nelson Arts Festival, and specialist workshops are integrated into the course. Year 11 lays the co-operative groundwork for the ‘ensemble’ nature of the Year 12 and 13 class: Whakaari Matua.
3 Internal and 1 External AS, totalling 22 Cr
AS 90006 Int 4 Cr – Apply drama techniques in a dramatic context
AS 90999 Int 4 Cr Use features of a drama or theatre form in performance
AS 90997 Int 5 Cr – Devise and perform a drama
AS 90009 Int 5 Cr – Perform an acting role in a scripted production.
AS 90011 Ext 4 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of the use of drama aspects within live performance.
Cost: $30 to cover the theatre visit and script costs.
Arts - Year 11 Music
Entry Guidelines: Tuition on a musical instrument for more than two years.
This course covers musical performance, creative composition and development of musical knowledge. Students will gain the skills and techniques needed to perform confidently in solo and group situations. The programme will be individually tailored to each student’s talents.
AS 91090 Int 6 Cr – Perform two pieces of music as a featured soloist
AS 91091 Int 4 Cr – Demonstrate ensemble skills through performing a piece of music as a member of a group
AS 91092 Int 6 Cr – Compose two original pieces of music
AS 91093 Ext 4 Cr – Demonstrate aural and theoretical skills through transcription
AS 91094 Ext 4 Cr – Demonstrate knowledge of conventions used in music scores
AS 91095 Int 6 Cr – Demonstrate knowledge of two music works from contrasting contexts
Cost: $20.00 to cover resource materials
Languages - Level 1 Māori
Entry Guidelines: Genuine interest in Māori language and culture. Ideally, students should have studied Māori at Year 9 and 10 with some success. At least a basic understanding of Māori language to Level 4 of the curriculum. The ability to stand and introduce yourself and other members of your family is an absolute necessity.
An integrated Te Reo Māori course, which focuses on the four main components of the language: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. The achievement objectives of this course are to successfully prepare students for Level 1 NCEA Achievement Standards. A marae trip is planned in the first term. An internal Achievement Standard will be completed on the marae trip.
2 Internal AS, 2 External AS totalling 18 Cr
AS 91085 Int 6 Cr – Listening comprehension
AS 91087 Ext 6 Cr – Reading comprehension
AS 91088 Ext 6 Cr – Writing
AS 91089 Int 6 Cr – Crafted Writing
Cost: Koha for the 3 day Marae trip including transport, food and accommodation is usually $185 approx. Cost is dependent on lots of factors such as the price of fuel, marae and the number of students attending.
Languages - Level 1 Spanish
Entry Guidelines: It is preferred that students have completed two years of Spanish study or equivalent.
Students learn to communicate information, ideas and opinions in Spanish by reading, listening, writing and speaking. They will understand ways in which Spanish language is organised for different purposes. Themes for study at Level 1 are – Self, Family, Holidays, Entertainment and Exchange Trip
AS 90909 Int 5 Cr – Give a spoken presentation in Spanish that communicates a personal response
AS 90910 Int 5 Cr – Interact using spoken Spanish to communicate personal information, ideas and opinions in different situations.
AS 90912 Int 5 Cr – Write a variety of text types in Spanish on areas of most immediate relevance
AS 90908 Ex 5 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance.
AS 90911 Ext 5 Cr – Demonstrate understanding of a variety of Spanish texts on areas of most immediate relevance.
Cost: $20 Language Perfect, $22 Course booklet