Senior Curriculum, Year 11 -13

Botany Downs Secondary College offers a broad range of courses to meet the needs of diverse students. We operate a 26 period weekly timetable for delivery of the curriculum (five one-hour periods from Tuesday to Thursday and six 50-minute periods on Monday).

 

Alongside the regular curriculum is our Building Learning Power programme that promotes metacognitive approaches to understand how to learn and mentoring processes focused on reflection on academic goals and progress. This is supported by Year 12 and !3 students.

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 here, providing an overview of the senior pathways offered as well as course descriptions at each year level.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Levels 1 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 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.


For more information, view 2017 NCEA and Scholarship Examinations, held from Thursday 9 November to Friday 1 December.


Year 11

At Year 11, learners study four periods a week of compulsory English, Mathematics and Science and three optional subjects. In addition they have two periods a week of Health and Physical Education.

 

Core Compulsory Subjects:

English
Mathematics
Science
Sport Science and Health

 

Optional Subjects:

Students to select 3 options.

Achievement Standards
Accounting
Business Studies
Art - Practical or Art - Digital
Art History
Core Health and PE
Dance
Drama

Digital Technology
Economics
English
English - Foundation
English - Pre Year 11
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Fashion and Design Technology
Food and Hospitality
Food Technology
French
Geography
Graphics
Health Education
History
Japanese
Mathematics
Mathematics - Foundation
Mathematics - Extension
Media Studies
Multi-Materials Technology
Music
Science
Science - Double Option
Science - Foundation
Sport Science


Year 12

At Year 12, learners study four periods a week of compulsory English and five optional subjects. In addition they have two periods a week of Study. Botany Downs Secondary College has decided to offer six subjects at Year 12 to ensure students the broadest range of subjects possible while providing sufficient learning time to maintain high standards.

 

Core Compulsory Subjects:

English

Optional Subjects:

Students to select 5 options.

Achievement Standards
Abridged English Level 2
Accounting
Art History
Automotive Engineering
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Dance
Drama

Digital Technology

Digital Technology with Programming
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Electronics
Employment Skills
English Level 2 Band A
English Level 2 Band B
English Level 2 for English as an Additional Language (EAL) students
Fashion Design
Financial Literacy
Food and Hospitality Technology
Food Technology
French
Geography
Graphics
Health Education
History
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Japanese
Journalism
Legal Studies
Mathematics
Mathematics - Alternative
Mathematics - Extension
Mathematics - Foundation
Media Studies
Multi-Materials Technology
Music
Outdoor Education
Photography
Physics
Science
Sports Leadership
Sport Science
Travel and Tourism
Visual Art 


Year 13

At Year 13, learners study five periods a week of five optional subjects. In addition they have one period a week of Study.

 

Optional Subjects:

Students to select 5 options.

Achievement Standards
Accounting
Art History
Biology
Business Studies
Chemistry
Classical Studies
Dance
Drama

Digital Technology

Digital Technology with Programming
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Electronics
English Level 2 Year 13
English Level 3 Band M
English Level 3 Band R
English Level 3 Band U
Fashion Design
Financial Literacy
Food and Hospitality
Food Technology
French
Geography
Graphics
Health Education
History
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Japanese
Journalism
Mathematics with Calculus
Mathematics with Calculus - Alternative
Media Studies
Multi-Materials Technology
Music
Outdoor Education
Photography
Physics
Practical Music
Science
Sports Leadership
Sport Science
Statistics and Modelling
Statistics and Modelling - Alternative
Travel and Tourism A
Visual Art