Curriculum Overview

Year 9

A broad common curriculum is taught to Year 9 students. This covers the eight learning areas of the New Zealand Curriculum. English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Health and Physical Education are taught over the full year. Technology, Languages and Arts are taught through twelve one-term modules over the year.

Extra help with literacy is available through an enhanced programme of English/Reading.

Year 10

Students continue with English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Health and Physical Education. Four subjects are also chosen from the Technology, Languages and Arts Curriculum and students complete two each semester.

In selected subjects Year 10 students may take NCEA Level 1
Standards that will be credited to their results once they enter Year 11.

Year 11

English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory and students also choose three additional subjects for the year.

NCEA (Level 1) requires a minimum of 80 credits (at least 10 Numeracy Standards and 10 Literacy Standards).

Primary Industry Academy

This is designed for students who are interested in Agriculture, Forestry and/or Horticulture and are considering a career in a Primary Industry when they leave school.

Year 12

Students may study subjects at NCEA Level 1 and Level 2.

An English course is compulsory (NCEA Level 1 or 2 English).

NCEA Level 2 requires 60 credits from Level 2 or higher and another 20 from any other level.

All Year 12 students take part in a year-long programme called Transition.

The general standard for entry to Year 12 subjects is 60 NCEA Level 1 credits. Students with less than 60 credits at the start of the academic year will need to continue with some Year 11 subjects.

Year 13

Students may study subjects at NCEA Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3.

English is not compulsory unless the Literacy requirements for University Entrance (10 literacy credits at Level 2, five in writing and five in reading) have not been met.

Approved subject list: Accounting; Chemistry; Biology; Physics; Science; Agriculture & Horticulture; Economics; Business Studies; English; Drama; Geography; History; Classical Studies; Japanese; Te Reo Rangatira or
Te Reo Māori; German; History of Art; Painting (Practical Art); Calculus; Statistics; Mathematics; Photography (Practical Art); Technology; Digital Technology; Home Economics; Music Studies; Physical Education.

NCEA Level 3 requires 60 credits from Level 3 and 20 from Level 2 and above.

The General Entry Standard is 40 Level 2 credits. Students who have achieved less than 40 credits at the start of the academic year will be required to continue with Level 2 subjects.

To be awarded University Entrance you will need:

NCEA Level 3 (You need 80 credits, of which 60 must be at Level 3 or above,
and 20 at Level 2 or above – those 20 are usually gained the year before).

Three subjects – at Level 3 or above, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects.

Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading,
5 credits in writing. These credits can come from a range of subjects, not
just English.

Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above.

For full curriculum information and pre-requisites, including Scholarship information, please refer to the Ashburton College Curriculum Booklet
(download from our website).

Gateway: Year 12–13 Students

Students study an individualised learning plan with industry-based unit standards that contribute towards their NZQA Record of Learning. Students attend their GATEWAY placement one day or part-day per week.

This provides students with the opportunity to ‘test drive’ their career choice in
a real workplace, gaining valuable ‘real’ experience and learning.

Trades Experience Course

This course, available to Year 12 and 13 students, is designed to offer students experience over a variety of trades.  It is a limited entry course, with placement decided on after interview.  Students who are placed on the Course spend, for most of the school year, two days a week on work experience and the remaining time in their College classes. The purpose of the Course is for students to graduate, at the end of the College year, by gaining an apprenticeship in their chosen field.