NCEA Course Booklet

NCEA Course Booklet 2022

Welcome to NCEA at Christ’s College

The courses you select need to be carefully considered – this booklet is designed to give you further information about the courses on offer for NCEA at Christ’s College.

All courses at Years 12–13 are optional.

It is highly recommended that you choose at least one literacy-rich subject if you decide not to continue English at Level 2. If you wish to discontinue Mathematics or Science at Year 12, it is highly recommended that you confirm this decision with the Careers Advisor to ensure there will be no adverse effect on your future study pathways. A Year 12 student must select six subjects and a Year 13 student must select five subjects. Please take careful note of the prerequisites and exclusions required for each course.

All courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. No course is guaranteed to run.

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NCEA requirements

Level 2 In total, 80 credits are required to gain the Level 2 certificate, with 60 required at Level 2 or higher and 20 ‘rollover’ credits available from Level 1 NCEA. You must also have Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy to be awarded Level 2.

Level 3 Like Levels 1 and 2, 80 credits are required to gain the Level 3 certificate. However, 20 credits are carried over from Level 2. Entry into Level 3 subjects is not automatic and will depend on your performance the previous year.

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University Entrance

You must obtain a minimum of 60 credits at Level 3 or higher, including a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved subjects, as well as gain Level 3 NCEA.

There is also the requirement of:

• A minimum 10 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics for numeracy. • A minimum 10 credits at Level 2 or higher for literacy; 5 credits must be in reading and 5 credits must be in writing, and these credits can come from a range of subjects.

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Entering options online

Options are entered online at http://www.selectmysubjects.com.au. You will be emailed a direct link to your school email. The email also contains your student access code and password. You can go to the address listed above and enter your access code and password manually, if you prefer. If you do not receive an email, or if you delete it, see Timetabler William Bell. Subject choices 2022 – login details Enter your subject choices for next year when you are ready. You can go back and change or reorder them any time before the deadline. All subject choices must be entered by 8am on Friday 20 August at the latest. You will not be able to enter your options after this date as the school will start to make decisions about 2022 classes immediately after the deadline. Please ensure you discuss your subject selection with your parents/guardians before entering them into the system. See Assistant Principal – Curriculum Nicole Billante if you have any questions about your subject options or Timetabler William Bell if you have any problems with submitting your options.

Login

Click on this direct link to enter your preferences:

Direct link to my Web Preferences account.

Or enter the www.selectmysubjects.com.au address into your browser and log in with your student access code and password.

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Step 1: Click Add New Preferences To view your subject information, click “View Subject Details” near the top right of the screen. To select (or change) your preferences, click the green “Add New Preferences” button.

Step 2: Select Your Preferences Carefully read the “View Instructions” at the top of the page about your option choices for next year. Select your subjects from the drop-down lists. You have 30 minutes to do this before your session expires.

Once complete, click the green “Proceed” button.

Note: You are not finished until you complete Step 3.

Step 3: Submit Valid Preferences If you are happy with your preferences, click the green “Submit Valid Preferences” button, which will open your “Preferences Receipt”. Or, if you would like to change your preferences, click “Cancel” and this will take you back to the Preferences selection page. It is important that you enter your choices in order of how important they are to you. You can click “Reorder Preferences” on the right of the screen if you need to change your preference order and then “Save Order”. Note: Your choices will not be submitted unless you click “Submit Valid Preferences”.

Step 4: View/Print Receipt

If you wish to print a “Preferences Receipt”, click “Open Print View” and then “Print Receipt”.

To continue, click “Return to Home Page”.

If you want to change your preferences now, or at any time before the deadline, repeat the whole process by clicking “Add New Preferences”.

Exit by clicking “Logout”.

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Contents

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Accounting

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Agribusiness

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Art (Visual)

Including Painting, Design, Photography and Sculpture Art History

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Biology

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Business & Enterprise

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Chemistry

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Classical Studies

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Design & Visual Communication

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Digital Technology

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Drama

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Economics

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Earth & Space Science

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English

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Geography

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History

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Mathematics

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Media Studies

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Modern Languages

Including, French, Japanese, Spanish and Te Reo Maˉori Music

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Physical Education

Including Sports Leadership Physics

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Psychology

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Workshop Technology

Including Building and Construction, Materials Technology, and Mechanical Engineering

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Accounting

Accounting is the language of money and business. An understanding of financial control as it affects the sole trader, partnerships, companies and non-profit organisations is very useful to equip people with an ability to cope with the complexities of money management. It is essential if you are considering a future in management, or the operation of your own business.

Year 12

Prerequisites Completion of Year 11 Accounting is strongly recommended. Description Accounting at this level seeks to give an understanding of the complete financial records for control of the simplest business arrangement, that of a sole trader. This study builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Diploma course. The emphasis is on the accounting system, and the internal control processes, to ensure the safeguarding of assets which provide for the management of a business. The course deals with the sole trader registered for GST on an invoice basis.

Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 9 of the 19 credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 10 credits internally assessed.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91174 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of accounting concepts for a sole proprietor that operates accounting subsystems. • AS 91175 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of accounting processing using accounting software. • AS 91176 (5 credits – external) Prepare financial information for an entity that operates accounting subsystems. • AS 91179 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of an account receivable subsystem for an entity. • AS 91386 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of an inventory subsystem for an entity.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Total of 12 credits achieved in Level 2 (including AS 91176) NCEA Accounting.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance. Nine of the 17 credits are externally assessed by examination and the remaining 8 credits are internally assessed. The following achievement standards will be assessed: • AS 91405 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of Accounting for partnerships. • AS 91406 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of company financial statement preparation. • AS 91408 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of management accounting to inform decision-making. • AS 91409 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of a job-cost subsystem for an entity.

Description Accounting at this level seeks to give an

understanding of the complete financial records for control of business organisations – from sole traders, to partnerships, and finally to companies. The principles of double-entry accounting are applied. The analysis and interpretation of the final accounts are required at this level.

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Agribusiness

Year 12

Prerequisites A Level 1 Commerce course would be an advantage. Exclusions A student can take only Business & Enterprise OR Agribusiness, unless approved by the Assistant Principal – Curriculum. Description Agribusiness at Christ's College is a subject which combines Achievement Standards from two different subject areas – agribusiness and agricultural/horticultural science. Students are able to select Achievement Standards depending on their area of interest, and can concentrate on 'agribusiness' standards such as cash-flow forecasting and business structures, or 'on-farm' standards such as livestock reproduction or land use. As such, Agribusiness at Christ's College helps prepare students for a career in the agribusiness world and/or the agricultural sector. Students also learn about the environment, climate change, and sustainability.

Topics may include:

• Future-proofing your business • Cash-flow forecasting • Business structures • External and internal business factors • Land use/sustainability/environmental factors

• Livestock reproduction • Livestock management

Teaching and learning will include the use of real- life case studies, with visits from guest speakers who are leaders in their industry, and field trips. This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2. It will contribute about 20 credits towards NCEA Level 2, with at least 4 credits externally assessed by examination.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Studying Agribusiness at Level 2 is an advantage. Exclusions A student can take only Business and Enterprise OR Agribusiness. Unless approved by the Assistant Principal – Curriculum. Description Agribusiness at Christ's College is a subject which combines Achievement Standards from two different subject areas – agribusiness and agricultural/horticultural science. Students are able to select Achievement Standards depending on their area of interest, and can concentrate on 'agribusiness' standards such as cash-flow forecasting and business structures, or 'on-farm' standards such as livestock reproduction or land use. As such, Agribusiness at Christ's College helps prepare students for a career in the agribusiness world and/or the agricultural sector. Students also learn about the environment, climate change, and sustainability. To assist learning, we have high-calibre guest speakers and field trips to places of interest. It is a fast-paced, fun environment where students engage with real business leaders and grapple with the real problems of running a business in the primary sector.

Topics may include:

• Profitability of primary produce

• Environmental issues

• Strategic investment

• Future-proofing

• Innovation in the value chain

It will contribute about 20 credits towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with at least 4 credits externally assessed by examination.

NB: Please note that Agribusiness is not an extension of the Agriculture Certificate offered through the National Trades Academy.

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Art (Visual)

Year 12

Art – Painting/Visual Art

Prerequisites None.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 12 of the 20 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects. Description In Year 12 Art – Painting, the student has the opportunity to work in greater depth in some of the following areas: 3D art, design, painting and drawing. A greater development of skills and ideas is expected to be demonstrated at this level. Opportunity will be provided during the year for students to work on personal projects, chosen in consultation with the Art teacher.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS91311 Painting (4 credits – internal) Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to Painting. • AS 91316 Painting (4 credits – internal) Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established Painting practice. • AS 91321 (12 credits – external) Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art-making conventions and ideas within Painting.

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Year 12

Art – Design

Prerequisites None.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 12 of the 20 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects. Description In Year 12 Design, the students are introduced to the conventions of design and will have the opportunity to work in-depth in a range of different topics. A development of a high standard of skills and ideas is expected to be demonstrated at this level.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91305 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate an understanding of methods and ideas from established practice appropriate to Design. • AS 91310 (4 credits – internal) Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to Design. • AS 91320 (12 credits – external) Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art-making conventions and ideas within Design.

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Year 12

Art – Photography

Prerequisites None.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 12 of the 20 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects. Description In Year 12 Photography, the students are introduced to the conventions of digital photography and will have the opportunity to work in-depth in a range of different topics. A development of a high standard of skills and ideas is expected to be demonstrated at this level. Opportunity will be provided during the year for students to work on personal projects, chosen in consultation with the Photography teacher.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91312 (4 credits – internal) Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to Photography. • AS 91317 (4 credits – internal) Develop ideas in a related series of drawing appropriate to established photography practice. • AS 91322 (12 credits – external) Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art-making conventions and ideas within Photography. (Two-panel portfolio of work.)

NB: You must have a digital SLR camera for this course.

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Year 13

Art – Painting

Prerequisites Year 12 Visual Art, Design or Photography.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 14 of the 22 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

Description Year 13 Painting focuses on the continued

• AS 91446 (4 credits – internal) Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to Painting. • AS 91451 (4 credits – internal) Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established Painting practice. • AS 91456 (14 credits – external) Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within Painting practice.

development of skills and ideas. Opportunity will be provided during the year for students to work on personal projects, chosen in consultation with the Art teacher.

NB: For entry into the Canterbury School of Fine Arts, Excellence grades must be gained in two Visual Arts Level 3 subjects. For entry to one of the Christchurch Polytechnic Design courses, a portfolio of work must be presented in November with an application. Level 3 folders are usually acceptable for this submission.

Other tertiary institutions throughout the country have other requirements.

It is possible to work towards an application for entry to a particular course while studying a Level 3 Visual Art subject during Year 13.

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Year 13

Year 13

Art – Design

Art – Sculpture

Prerequisites Year 12 Visual Art, Design or Photography.

Prerequisites Year 12 Visual Art, Design or Photography.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects. Description Year 13 Sculpture focuses on the continued development of skills and ideas. Opportunity will be provided during the year for students to work on personal projects, chosen in consultation with the Art teacher. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 12 of the 20 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91449 (4 credits – internal) Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to sculpture. • AS 91454 (4 credits – internal) Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established sculpture practice. • AS 91459 (12 credits – external) Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within sculpture practice.

Description Year 13 Design focuses on the continued

development of skills and ideas. Opportunity will be provided during the year for students to work on personal projects, chosen in consultation with the Art teacher. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 14 of the 22 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91445 (4 credits – internal) Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to Design. • AS 91450 (4 credits – internal) Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established Design practice. • AS 91455 (14 credits – external) Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within Design practice.

Scholarship is also offered in each of the Visual Art disciplines.

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Year 13

Art – Photography

Prerequisites Year 12 Visual Art, Design or Photography.

Exclusions A student must gain approval from the HoD and Assistant Principal – Curriculum if they wish to take more than two Visual Arts subjects. Description Year 13 Photography focuses on the continued development of skills and ideas. Opportunity will be provided during the year for students to work on personal projects, chosen in consultation with the Art teacher. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 14 of the 22 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 8 credits internally assessed.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91447 (4 credits – internal) Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to Photography. • AS 91452 (4 credits – internal) Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established Photography practice. • AS 91457 (14 credits – external)

Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within Photography practice.

NB: You must have a digital SLR camera for this course.

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Art History

Art History is a high-interest subject which studies different cultures and periods by examining the art and architecture, the artists responsible and the society of the time. It is a useful subject to gain a deeper understanding of history, society and culture and helpful to boys intending careers in architecture, art and design, tourism or museum studies. Art History can be studied at Levels 2 and 3 and at many New Zealand and overseas universities. Even if the subject is not studied beyond school level, it can provide the foundation for a lifelong interest. Art History teaches visual analysis, research skills, historical knowledge, interpretation, information analysis, writing skills and critical thinking. Visual literacy is a key to many areas of study today.

Year 12

Prerequisites There are no prerequisites but an interest in art and history and an ability in written language are useful. There is no need for practical artistic ability. Description In Level 2, the focus is the area of study Towards Modernism, which examines European art in the 19th century – from Neo-Classicism to Post- Impressionism and Art Nouveau. It covers the changes in society and art brought about by the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution and the impact of these changes on painting, sculpture, architecture and design. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 8 of the 20 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 12 credits internally assessed.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91180 (4 credits – external) Examine the effects of formal elements of art works. • AS 91182 (4 credits – external) Examine the influence of context/s on art works. • AS 91183 (4 credits – internal) Examine the use of media in art works. • AS 91184 (4 credits – internal) Research an Art History topic. • AS 91186 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of art works in relation to their environments.

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Year 13

Prerequisites This subject can be started at Level 3. There are no essential prerequisites but an interest in art and history and an ability in written language are useful. There is no need for practical artistic ability. Description At Level 3, classes can study one of two options – from the Renaissance to the diversity of modern art and architecture. Boys may choose an area of study which interests them. Boys interested in architecture or visual communication may choose Topic 4 – Modernist Design and Architecture, which studies the development of architecture and design in the 20th century. Those interested in classical sculpture and architecture may choose Topic 2 – Late Renaissance – to explore its importance in the High Renaissance. Many boys enjoy Topic 5 – Modernism to Postmodernism, which focuses on art in the 20th century, exploring the huge social and political changes and the impact these have on art at this time.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 8 of the 20 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 12 credits internally assessed.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91482 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of style in art works. • AS 91484 (4 credits – external) Examine the relationship(s) between art and context. • AS 91485 (4 credits – internal) Examine the impact of media and processes on art works. • AS 91486 (4 credits – internal) Construct an argument based on interpretation of research in art history. • AS 91488 (4 credits – internal) Examine the relationship(s) between a theory and art works.

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Biology

Year 12

Prerequisites Level 1 Biology preferred.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 12 of the 23 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 11 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91153 (4 credits – internal) Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context. • AS 91155 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life. • AS 91156 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level. • AS 91157 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change. • AS 91158 (4 credits – internal) Investigate a pattern in an ecological community. • AS 1159 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of gene expression. This course demands a high level of effort and attention to detail, where students develop more confidence in their ability to think logically and express their ideas clearly. Boys considering any biology-based course in preparation for their future career will benefit hugely from the Level 2 Biology course.

Description The Level 2 Biology course is one that students find both interesting and challenging. It is at this level that students realise just what a diverse and important subject Biology is, and how its skills are applied in many different careers. Some boys will have their minds on medicine or agriculture as a career, while others are keeping their options open, contemplating doing a science degree at tertiary level. It is important that before too much specialisation takes place, the students see the full scope of Biology, and it is at the Year 12 level that this process begins in earnest. Although students are accepted if they have not completed a Level 1 Biology or General Science course, they should expect to complete extra work to supplement their knowledge. The year begins with an ecology focus and involves a trip to Brooklands Lagoon to study the zonation pattern on the salt marsh, prior to an extended field trip to the Craigieburn area, where the assessment takes place.

In addition, the course this year includes:

• An extended laboratory practical investigation • Cell biology and detailed microscope work • DNA, genetic variation and gene expression • Adaptations to organs in relation to survival It is important that students understand that Biology can be studied at the molecular level (DNA, enzymes and metabolic pathways), the cellular level, the body system level, and an ecological level.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Level 2 Biology preferred.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance with 13 of the 20 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 7 credits internally assessed.

Description The Level 3 course bridges the gap between College and university study as it aims to build on the wider application of the important biological principles studied at Levels 1 and 2. The classroom becomes more of a forum for the presentation, discussion and evaluation of interesting and challenging concepts. Each year a significant number of boys opt to take this Level 3 Biology course purely because they are interested in biology, and enjoy learning about the diversity and intricacy of living organisms (including our own origins), rather than because they are considering a career in biology. These boys contribute hugely to the atmosphere in the classroom. It is hoped that all boys develop a greater understanding of the rapidly changing world they are living in, and get a chance to discuss the 'meaning of life'. Students study the nature of life at all biological levels.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91601 (4 credits – internal) Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance. • AS 91603 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment. • AS 91604 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment. • AS 91605 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation. • AS 91606 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution. There is an expectation that boys are able to express themselves clearly in their written answers, and many find that their writing skills, and coherent expression of ideas improve over the year. This is not to say that boys need wonderful literacy skills to take Biology, but like a lot of subjects at this level, it helps.

The course covers:

• Using and communicating knowledge • The human manipulation of DNA in the science of genetic engineering • The evolutionary processes that form new species and the evolution of humans • The seasonal responses of plants to day length, complex navigation methods, and reproductive strategies of animals • The homeostatic mechanisms that control the blood sugar levels, temperature, blood pressure and metabolic rate of mammals

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Business & Enterprise

Year 12

Prerequisites Any Level 1 Commerce course would be an advantage.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91868 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of cash-flow forecasting for a business. • AS 90846 (3 credits – internal) Conduct market research for a new or existing product. • AS 90847 (3 credits – internal) Investigate the application of motivation theory in a business. • AS90843 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of the internal operations of a large business. • AS 90845 (4 credits – external) Apply business knowledge to a critical problem(s) in a given large business context.

Exclusions A student can take only Business and Enterprise OR Agribusiness. Unless approved by the Assistant Principal – Curriculum. Description Business & Enterprise at Year 12 looks at organisations of 20 employees or more from a range of different sectors. The course takes a practical look at how businesses operate, both internally and in response to the external environment. The course will involve using several ‘real-life’ examples, guest speakers and business visits to ensure students gain insight and experience into the theory they are learning. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 8 of the 18 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 10 credits internally assessed.

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Year 13

Prerequisites

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91383 (3 credits – internal) Analyse a human-resource issue affecting businesses. • AS 91384 (9 credits – internal) Carry out, with consultation, an innovative and sustainable business activity. • AS 91385 (3 credits – internal) Investigate the exporting potential of a New Zealand business in a market, with consultation. • AS 91381 (4 credits – external) Apply business knowledge to address a complex problem(s) in a given global business context.

Any Level 1 Commerce course would be an advantage. Exclusions A student can take only Business & Enterprise OR Agribusiness. Unless approved by the Assistant Principal – Curriculum. Description Year 13 Business & Enterprise is an applied Business course. As part of the programme, students will work in groups to develop, plan and carry out an innovative and sustainable business idea. As part of this, they will also enter the YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) programme and compete with other schools from around the country. This experience will allow boys the opportunity to develop products, marketing strategies, and financial statements first hand, in a ‘real-life’ context. This is all done with the support and guidance of the teaching staff and business mentors. In addition, students will study other business concepts, such as human resources and exporting potential. Although some course topics are individual, students should be prepared to work in a group/team setting for most of the year. The context of Level 3 Business & Enterprise is global business. Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 4 of the 19 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 15 credits internally assessed.

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Chemistry

Year 12

Prerequisites Year 11 Chemistry/Science.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 13 of the 20 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 7 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91910 (4 credits – internal) Carry out a practical investigation into a substance present in a consumer product using quantitative analysis. • AS 91164 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure and energy changes. • AS 91165 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of the properties

To attempt the Year 12 course, a reasonable performance in Year 11 NCEA Chemistry is preferred. Students who have done well in Year 11 NCEA Science may study Year 12 Chemistry, provided they have achieved AS 90944. These students may find the transition to the Year 12 course challenging and should consult the HoD of Chemistry prior to the end of Year 11. Description The Year 12 course includes the study of the underlying principles in the behaviour of many common substances, solutions, solids, energy, oxidation-reduction reactions, analytical work and organic chemistry. Patterns of behaviour and the understanding of principles are emphasised to a greater extent than the recall of knowledge. Students take on a greater role in chemical investigations in this course, with the introduction of specialist laboratory equipment and practical- based assessment tasks. Students will learn a variety of techniques for measuring and testing chemical substances to develop a holistic understanding of chemical systems at a deeper level. Practical demonstrations and experiments are explored on a frequent basis throughout the course. Students with a leaning towards practical and descriptive science can do well at this level, with skills in Mathematics being an added advantage.

of selected organic compounds. • AS 91166 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of chemical reactivity. • AS 91167 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of oxidation reduction.

Additional topics are contained in the Year 12 course to maintain greater consistency and extension for students. The Olympiad training programme is offered to all students from Term 3 onwards. The three external standards will be assessed in a three-hour end-of-year examination timeslot. Trial examinations will be held during the year to help prepare students.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Year 12 Chemistry.

development of their understanding of more advanced chemical processes.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 15 of the 22 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 6 credits internally assessed.

Candidates for this course are expected to have completed the Level 2 Chemistry course successfully. The few that wish to take Year 13 Chemistry without successfully achieving in all the topics of the Level 2 course will find the work very demanding and must seek prior approval from the HoD Chemistry. Description The course started in Year 12 is developed further, with the intention of providing an academic basis for university study. Familiarity with reaction chemistry remains core, particularly aspects that involve organic compounds and redox species, but the emphasis on the general principles which govern how all chemicals behave is maintained. Students will explore scientific techniques used in industrial and university settings, as well as experience advanced chemical reactions involved in the production of synthetic products. Because Chemistry is all about us, because we live in an age of chemistry-based technology and because Chemistry is the subject which links the other two major sciences of Physics and Biology, the range of careers that require chemical expertise is immense. It also provides the basis for many key areas of study such as Health Sciences, Agriculture, Geology, Food Technology, Engineering, Textile Technology, Forensics and Materials Science. The economy of New Zealand is based largely on primary industry and Chemistry plays a vital role in developing products and ensuring their market competitiveness. For this reason, chemists usually find no difficulty in finding employment. Students who have enjoyed the practical aspects of Chemistry in Years 11–12 will enjoy a continued

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91388 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in Chemistry. • AS 91390 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances. • AS 91391 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds. • AS 91392 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems. • AS 91393 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of oxidation- reduction processes. From Term 2, a weekly extension session will be available to Year 13 Chemistry students who wish to explore more advanced chemical concepts. These will prepare students for the Scholarship Chemistry examination at the end of the year. The three external standards will be assessed in a three-hour end-of-year examination timeslot. Trial examinations will be held during the year to help prepare students.

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Classical Studies

Classical Studies greatly improves knowledge retention, recall and essay-writing skills. Students learn to reason using historical facts to create a picture of life in classical times. They also learn to interpret classical literature in translation and find its relevance in its own time and in a modern context.

Year 12

Prerequisites None, although strong literacy skills are recommended.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 8 of the 18 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 10 credits internally assessed.

Description The aim of this course is to stimulate students in a study of the classical world – without demanding a background of language skills – by offering a wide range of topics on historical, literary and artistic themes from specifically the Greek civilisation. The courses at both levels provide opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and are designed to appeal to students with a range of abilities.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91200 (4 credits – external) Examine ideas and values of the classical world. • AS 91201 (4 credits – external) Examine the significance of features of work(s) of art in the classical world. • AS 91202 (4 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of a significant event in the classical world. • AS 91204 (6 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between aspects of the classical world and aspects of other cultures. This course also provides a sound basis for Level 3 Classical Studies.

Four topics are studied throughout the year:

• Greek Tragedy • Ancient Art and Architecture • The Trojan War • Epic Poem vs Epic Film

These topics combine to give students a good understanding of classical literature, history, philosophy, customs and ways of life.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Level 2 Classical Studies is recommended but not essential. Description The aim of this course is to stimulate students in a study of the classical world – without demanding a background of language skills – by offering a wide range of topics on historical, literary and artistic themes from specifically the Roman civilisation. The course provides opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and is designed to appeal to students with a range of abilities. The following three topics are studied throughout the year: • Virgil • Art of the Roman Empire • Heroism in the ancient and modern world These topics combine to give students a varied view of classical life and times and provide a sound base for tertiary classical studies.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 8 of the 20 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 12 credits internally assessed.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91394 (4 credits – external) Analyse ideas and values of the classical world. • AS 91395 (4 credits – external) Analyse the significance of a work(s) of art in the classical world. • AS 91397 (6 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of significant ideology(ies) in the classical world. • AS 91398 (6 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of the lasting influences of the classical world on other cultures across time.

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Design & Visual Communication

Year 12

Prerequisites None. However, it is envisaged that those opting for this course have completed at least one year of study in this subject, preferably at Year 10 and Year 11. Description The course follows a similar format to Level 1 DVC, with a similar balance of internal and external standards. The focus is again on the interrelated graphics learning areas of graphics practice, design and visual communication, with design tasks based on either spatial or product design briefs to provide challenging and realistic problem-solving exercises. Students have the opportunity to explore the use of computer-aided design to develop and present ideas. The course is structured to enable students to extend their understanding and skills in designing to specified needs, and graphic communication from conceptual ideas to evaluation and presentation.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 10 of the 19 credits externally assessed through portfolio submission, and the remaining 9 credits internally assessed.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91337 (3 credits – external) Use visual communication techniques to generate design ideas. • AS 91338 (4 credits – external) Produce working drawings to communicate technical details of a design. • AS 91339 (3 credits – external) Produce instrumental perspective projection drawings to communicate design ideas. • AS 91340 (3 credits – internal) Use the characteristics of a design movement or era to inform own design ideas.

• AS 91341 (6 credits – internal) Develop a spatial design through graphics practice.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Candidates for this course are expected to have completed the Level 2 DVC course successfully. Students who wish to take Year 13 DVC without successfully completing the Level 2 course will find the work demanding and must seek prior approval from the HoD Design & Technology. Description This course places an emphasis on individual solutions to problems selected from architecture, engineering or product design and the comprehensive and precise graphic communication of this information. Emphasis is placed on students selecting and using the most appropriate methods for communicating their designs, consistently using high-quality presentation skills and having a good understanding of the aspects of function and aesthetics, and the application of these in their design solutions. Students can choose their methods of presentation, comprising portfolio, design sketches, working drawings, models, mockups, art and design, photography, computer- aided design and animation.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with about 18 credits. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91627 (4 credits – external) Initiate design ideas through exploration. • AS 91628 (6 credits – internal) Develop a visual presentation that exhibits a design outcome.

• AS 91629 (6 credits – internal) Resolve a spatial design through graphics practice. • AS 91630 (6 credits – internal) Resolve a product design through graphics practice. • AS 91631 (6 credits – internal)

Produce working drawings to communicate production details for a complex design. Students can select the standards they wish to study, depending on prospective career directions. Those intending to study architecture would select standards based on spatial design whereas those intending to study engineering, industrial or product design would base their selection on product design.

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Digital Technologies

Year 12

Prerequisites None. However, it is envisaged that those opting for this course have completed at least one year of study in this subject, preferably at Year 10 and Year 11. Description This project-based learning course explores areas of computer programming, web development, computer science concepts and design. The course has an emphasis on the need for computer awareness and understanding. Knowledge and skills in computing studies, software design and electronic technologies are important in our rapidly changing society. This course aims to provide students with a pathway in Digital Technologies towards tertiary studies and innovative employment opportunities.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with about 20 credits Students will select from the following Achievement Standards, based on strengths and interests: • AS 91890 (6 credits – internal) Conduct an inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome. • AS 91891 (3 credits – internal) Apply conventions to develop a design for a digital outcome. • AS 91893 (4 credits – internal) Use advanced techniques to develop a digital media outcome. • AS 91896 (6 credits – internal) Use advanced programming techniques to develop a computer program. • AS 91897 (6 credits – external) Use advanced processes to develop a digital technologies outcome. • AS 91898 (3 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of a computer science concept. • AS 91899 (3 credits – external) Present a summary of developing a digital outcome.

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Year 13

Prerequisites Candidates for this course are expected to have completed the Level 2 Digital Technologies course successfully. Students who wish to take Year 13 Digital Technologies without successfully completing the Level 2 course will find the work demanding and must seek prior approval from the HoD Design & Technology. Description This project-based learning course encourages students to identify and plan a digital technologies project that addresses a real life need or opportunity. Students will utilise prior knowledge and new learning to develop their outcome through an interactive process that considers UX design methodologies and agile development processes. An essential part of this course is the planning and development of a digital technologies outcome which performs a specified task and is supported by electronic-based documentation.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with about 20 credits. Students will select from the following Achievement Standards, based on strengths and interests: • AS 91900 (6 credits – internal) Conduct a critical inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome. • AS 91901 (3 credits – internal) Apply user-experience methodologies to develop a design for a digital technologies outcome. • AS 91903 (4 credits – internal) Use complex techniques to develop a digital media outcome. • AS 91907 (6 credits – internal) Use complex processes to develop a digital technologies outcome. • A 91906 (6 credits – internal) Use complex programming techniques to develop a computer program. • AS 91908 (3 credits – external) Analyse an area of computer science. • AS 91909 (3 credits – external) Present a reflective analysis of developing a digital outcome.

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Drama

Year 12

Prerequisites Successful completion of the Year 11 Drama course. If you were unable to study Year 11 Drama, you will not be turned away, so long as you have demonstrated an open-minded interest in Drama, a willingness to take dramatic and personal risks, and a commitment to working with others. Description Level 2 Drama is based on the Level 7 national curriculum course. The teaching styles employed in Drama are highly suited to academic, tactile and kinaesthetic learners. The skills and attitudes learnt in drama can be used through – and beyond – school. This course is active: active participation, active creation, active academic study and active reflection. Students participate in class improvisation and work with scripted text. They take part in workshops and a variety of public performances. There are opportunities for personal and interpersonal experimenting, development and learning through Drama. Students will see plays and then write about what they have seen and do assignments on theatre tradition, theatre styles and backstage work. Objectives Use language and communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, with increased confidence and competence in a range of dramatic contexts. Participate in, and understand, the process of drama and dramatic conventions.

Develop confidence and self-discipline, as well as independence, resourcefulness and adaptability. Develop a range of skills and techniques with which to explore and use your own ideas and resources. Accept, build on and be sensitive to the contributions of others and develop a spirit of cooperation. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 4 of the 17 compulsory credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 13 credits internally assessed. Students can then select an additional internal or external worth 4 or 5 credits.

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91213 (4 credits – internal) Apply drama techniques in a scripted context. • AS 91214 (5 credits – internal) Devise and perform a drama to realise an intention. • AS 91216 (4 credits – internal) Perform features of a complex drama/theatre form. • AS 91219 (4 credits – external)

Discuss drama elements, techniques, conventions and technologies within live performance.

NB: There is an expectation that Year 12 and 13 Drama students will contribute toward out-of-class productions in their senior years – for example, Theatresports, House Plays, senior production or the Shakespeare Festival.

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