Alongside the regular curriculum is our Tutor Mentoring programme that promotes metacognitive approaches to understand how to learn and mentoring processes focused on reflection on academic goals and progress.
The curriculum meets the requirements of the New Zealand Curriculum where the Key Competencies and Values are developed within the eight learning areas.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are integrated throughout the curriculum as well as provided as specialist Digital Technology classes from Years 11 to 13, emphasising design and programming.
Option Information is available, providing an overview of the senior pathways offered as well as course descriptions at each year level.
Year 11 students will be eligible for the BDSC Year 11 Diploma. This diploma will acknowledge a student’s academic achievements throughout the year. It will reflect the level of achievement attained in NCEA and school-based assessments across all subjects.
To gain a BDSC Year 11 Diploma, a student needs to meet each of the following criteria:
School based assessments will be marked using a 12-point scale:
0 No work has been submitted;
More specific grade descriptors will be attached to each assessment for each course.
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 2 to 3 are offered. These have a mixture of internal assessments and external examinations.
NCEA allows students the opportunities to excel in their own areas of strength. The reporting of individualised results, instead of giving a percentage mark, provides a breakdown of student attainment in every aspect of the subject, giving both students and parents more accurate information upon which to make decisions about future option choices and career pathways.
From 2023 NCEA will change substantially following sector feedback, and advice from the Ministry of Education, NZQA and the NCEA Professional Advisory Group (PAG). For further information please refer to:
At BDSC we are making changes to our L1 NCEA programme to coincide with national changes to NCEA. Level 1 NCEA is not an exit qualification for most of our students. In 2023 we will move away from offering a full NCEA Level 1 programme of 18-22 credits per subject. Our Level 1 courses will provide rich learning that focuses on development of knowledge, skills, and capabilities. By reducing the number of assessments, students sit through the year, our focus will be on teaching and learning rather than credit collection.
In 2023 Level 1 there will effectively be three main types of courses:
In 2023 a typical Year 11 student programme will typically comprise 7 courses. English, Mathematics, Science and Active Well Being are compulsory for all students. Students will choose an additional 3 courses from those on offer. Each course will typically generate 3-5 credits. A typical Year 11 student would therefore expect to gain 35-41 credits in their Year 11 programme. The exceptions to this are the differentiated courses noted in the bullet point above.
English, Mathematics and Science courses are chosen for the student by the Head of the Learning Area according to the student’s grades from Year 10.
English – Alternative (1ENA)
English – Extended (1ENE)
English – Literacy (1ENL)
English – as an Additional Language (1ENS)
English – as an Additional Language (1ENP)
Active Wellbeing (1AWB)
Mathematics & Statistics (1MAT)
Mathematics & Statistics – Alternative (1MAA)
Mathematics & Statistics – Numeracy (1MNU)
Mathematics & Statistics – Accelerated (2MAX)
Science with Biology/Chemistry (1SCB)
Science with Physics/Earth & Space Sci (1SCP)
Students to select THREE options.
Learners study four periods a week of compulsory English and FIVE option subjects. In addition, they have one period a week of study.
This is chosen for the student by the Head of English according to the student’s grades from Year 11.
English – Alternative (2ENA)
English – Extended (2ENE)
English as an Additional Language (2ENP)
English as an Additional Language (2ENS)
Students to select FIVE options.
Learners study four periods a week of FIVE option subjects. In addition, they have four periods a week of Independent Learning Group (ILG) study, and one period of general study.
Students to select FIVE options.