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 13 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.

Pathways

Option Information is available, providing an overview of the senior pathways offered as well as course descriptions at each year level.

NCEA

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.

Pathways

Option Information is available, providing an overview of the senior pathways offered as well as course descriptions at each year level.

  • Pathways

    Option Information is available, providing an overview of the senior pathways offered as well as course descriptions at each year level.

Year 11      Year 12       Year 13

YEAR 11

The continued emphasis at Year 10 is to further develop key competencies and subject knowledge and skills that set a strong foundation for senior studies.

Learners continue with compulsory English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Science and Social Studies.

In addition they choose THREE options from the remaining learning areas (LanguagesVisual and Performing Arts, and Technology).

Core Compulsory Subjects
Option Subjects

Students to select THREE options. One option slot may be filled with two half year courses

  • Ancient Civilisations
  • Art – Practical
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Electronics
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Investigative Geography
  • Japanese
  • Media Studies
  • Multi-Materials Technology
  • Music
  • Outdoor Education
  • Sport Science
  • Spanish
  • Textiles Technology

YEAR 12

We offer six subjects at Year 12 to ensure students the broadest range of subjects possible while providing sufficient learning time to maintain high standards.

Learners study four periods a week of compulsory English and FIVE option subjects. In addition they have two periods a week of Study.

Core Compulsory Subjects
Option Subjects

Students to select FIVE 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

Learners study five periods a week of FIVE option subjects. In addition they have one period a week of Study.

Option Subjects

Students to select FIVE 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

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