Options for 2017

  • Notes for Year 11s

    Notes for Year 11 2016 Students (Level 1)

     

    Entry into Year 11 is subject to a satisfactory Year 10 record. This includes:

    • Excellent Attendance (80% attendance)
    • Gaining at least 25% in the end-of year Examinations

    Students who do not meet these entry requirements may be required to repeat some or all of their Pre-NCEA courses. Gaining the Year 10 Diploma is a good guide to whether a student is able to progress to a full Year 11 course. In general, students may choose any course, as long as they have gained the entry requirements, and have obtained permission from the HOF. There are safety requirements for some Workshop and Automotive courses.  

     

    NCEA Level 1 Course Entry Requirements

     The following entry requirements are in place for English, Maths and Science classes:

    • Internal Classes                       Operating ‘below’ Level 6 of the New Zealand Curriculum
    • General Classes                       Operating ‘at’ Level 6 of the New Zealand Curriculum
    • Extension classes                    Operating ‘above’ Level 6 of the New Zealand Curriculum

    Students who gain less than 25% in their end-of year Examinations  need to gain permission from the HOF to enter the NCEA Internal classes and might be required to repeat their Year 10 course in order to master it. These guidelines are subject to staff recommendations. Senior staff review students’ course placements, and adjust these if necessary.

     

    Year 11 Student Course Requirements

    Seven subjects must be taken.

    • The following subjects are compulsory             English           Mathematic  
    •  Students are also strongly encouraged to take Science. (Please note: SCG1 and SCE1 are the only courses that provide a pathway to Biology, Chemistry and Physics.)
    • Students must also choose at least ONE from the following: Accounting   or    Economics   or   Geography   or   History   or  Social Studies   or   Health   or   Physical Education 
      Students who do not take Science, must take at least TWO subjects from this list.
    • Students may then select any subjects from all those available to complete the required seven. An eight choice is also required in case of timetable clashes.

     

    NCEA Level 1 Certificate Requirements

    • Students require a total of at least 80 credits.

    The 80 credits must include at least 10 literacy (English or Te Reo Maori) and 10 numeracy (Mathematics) credits.

    Literacy is the written and oral language people use in their everyday life and work. It includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Skills in this area are essential for good communication, active participation, critical thinking and problem solving. Literacy credits are also available from some other subjects, e.g. Social Studies, Health, History.

    Numeracy is the bridge between Mathematics and daily life. It includes the knowledge and skills needed to apply mathematics to everyday family and financial matters, work and community tasks.
    Most Numeracy credits come from Mathematics courses, but some are available from other subjects.

    For more information regarding Literacy/Numeracy standards refer to the NZQA website.

    • Students can gain their 80 credits in one year, or over two or more years.
    • All Year 11 courses offer the opportunity to gain Level 1 credits towards the NCEA.  Any credits gained in Year 10 also count towards the total required.
    • Each subject offers credit totals ranging from 12 to 29.
    • For more information about NCEA refer to the NZQA website.

     

    Course Selection Advice

    • Students should choose as wide a course as possible.
    • Students should look ahead to Years 12 & 13 and consider what subjects they wish to take in the future, before they select their Year 11 course.
    • Students must meet entry requirements for each subject they wish to study.
    • Students must attend all of their classes or they may be withdrawn from the course selected.
  • Notes for Year 12s

    Notes for Year 12 2016 Students (Level 2)


    Entry in Year 12 is subject to a satisfactory Year 11 record. This includes:

    • Excellent Attendance (80 % attendance). Students who fail this entry requirement may be required to repeat some or all of the previous year’s courses.

    Students are required to choose seven subjects.

    Students must select English and are strongly advised to continue studying Mathematics and Sciences if the pre-entry criteria are met. Other than this, students may choose any subjects, as long as they have gained the entry requirements, and have obtained permission from the HOF.

     

    Entry Requirements for NCEA Level 2 Courses

    Success in the WHS Examinations give students provisional entry into their subjects next year, subject to confirmation through NCEA. In general the following entry requirements are in place for 2016 Level 2 courses:

    • Internally Assessed Courses - 12-14 credits in the Level 1 Internal Course (or equivalent Achievement Standards)
    • Achievement Standard Classes -12-14 credits in the Level 2 General Course (NB: Some subjects may be without NCEA Level 1 subject credits)
    • Extension Classes - An endorsement of Merit and Excellence at Level 1

    In addition some subjects have specified certain Achievement Standards which must be achieved at Level 1 before the subject is continued at Level 2.

    Students who do not gain enough credits in the NCEA Level 1 courses may be required to repeat these courses for the full year.

    These guidelines are also subject to staff recommendations.

    Senior staff review students’ course placements, and adjust these if necessary during the year.

    Students who fail entry criteria and want to apply for an exemption to study a subject may do so. In the first instance, this requires an interview with a Course Counsellor, Dean or Assistant Principal and a request made in writing to the relevant Department Head. The decision may be appealed in writing to the Associate Principal.

     

    NCEA Level 2 Certificate Requirements

     The following applies to the NCEA Level 2 Certificate:

    • 80 credits are required.
    • Of these 80 credits, a minimum of 60 credits must be at Level 2 or above.
    • Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy has been achieved.
    • 20 of these credits can be gained at NCEA Level 1.
    • The 80 credits can be gained in one year, or over two or more years.
    • Credits may be gained from Achievement Standards and/ or Unit Standards.
    • For more information about NCEA refer to the NZQA website.

     

    Planning for University Entrance in the following Year

    • If students require University Entrance when they leave school, they need to note which subjects are eligible for University Entrance.  Students should also look ahead to the requirements of their likely Tertiary Education provider(s) when selecting their Year 12 course.

    Included in the requirements to gain University Entrance in Year 13, students need to have the following:

    • NCEA Level 3.
    • 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects. The list of approved subjects will consist of subjects derived from the New Zealand Curriculum with achievement standards Level 3.
    • UE Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 and above from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy unit standards.
    • UE Literacy – 10 credits (five in reading and five and writing) at Level 2 and above from specific standards.
    • For more information regarding University Entrance refer to the NZQA website.

     

    Gateway - Year 12

    Gateway at Year 12 occupies six subject lines in the timetable and therefore students choosing to do Gateway need to take only one other subject. Gateway at Year 12 covers English, Mathematics, Future Pathways, Financial Literacy, Digital Technology and Food Technology.

    Gateway students will have the benefit of being able to be assessed for Unit Standards while in the workplace completing Work Experience. Most students will have two school days a week in the workplace, and/or may also attend an externally provided course. 

    Each student will have an individual learning plan created using Industry/Career based unit standards from the NZQA framework that count towards the student’s Record of Learning.

  • Notes for Year 13s

    Notes for Year 13 2017 Students (Level 3)

     

    Entry into Year 13 is subject to a satisfactory Year 12 record. This includes:

    • Excellent Attendance. (80 % attendance)

    Students who fail this entry requirement may be required to repeat the previous year’s courses.

    Students are required to choose seven subjects.

    In general, students may choose any course as long as they have gained the entry requirements, and have obtained permission from the HOF.

     

    Course Entry requirements for NCEA Level 3 Courses

    Success in the WHS Examinations give students provisional entry into their subjects next year, subject to confirmation through NCEA.

    The following entry requirements are in place:

    • Internal Standard Classes - 12-14 Credits in the Level 2 Unit Standard course (or equivalent Achievement Standards)
    • Achievement Standard Classes -12-14 Credits in the Level 2 Achievement Standard course  (NB: Some subjects may be started without NCEA Level 2 subject credits)

    In addition some subjects have specified certain Achievement Standards which must be achieved at Level 2 before the subject is continued at Level 3. These guidelines are subject to staff recommendations. Senior staff review students’ course placements, and adjust these if necessary. Students who fail entry criteria and want to apply for an exemption to study a subject, must apply to the Associate Principal in writing.

     

    Course Entry requirements for Scholarship Examination

    Scholarship is a significant monetary award to recognise and honour top academic students at Level 3.  It does not attract credits or contribute to a qualification but the fact that a student has gained a Scholarship will appear on their Record of Learning.

    Students have to demonstrate very high academic attainment, in terms of Merit and Excellence credits gained in the previous year, in order to enter the Scholarship Examinations.

     

    NCEA Level 3 Certificate Requirements

    • Requires a total of 80 credits.  These can be Unit Standards or Achievement Standards.
    • A minimum of 60 credits must be at Level 3.
    • 20 credits can be from Level 2.
    • There are no numeracy or literacy requirements for NCEA Level 3, but in order to gain University Entrance please note the requirements below.

     

    University Entrance Requirements

    To attain University Entrance in order to enter degree level programmes from 2016 students will need the following:

    • NCEA Level 3.
    • 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects. The list of approved subjects will consist of subjects derived from the New Zealand Curriculum with achievement standards Level 3.
    • UE Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 and above from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy unit standards.
    • UE Literacy – 10 credits (five in reading and five in writing) at Level 2 and above from specific standards.
    •  For more information regarding University Entrance refer to the NZQA website.

     

    Gateway – Year 13

    Gateway at Year 13 occupies five subject lines in the timetable and, therefore, students choosing to do Gateway need to take only two other subjects. Gateway at Year 13 covers English, Future Pathways, Financial Literacy, Computing, and Food Technology.

    Gateway students will have the benefit of being able to be assessed for Unit Standards while in the workplace completing Work Experience. Most students will have two school days a week in the workplace, and/ or  may also attend an externally provided course.

    Each student will have an individual learning plan created using Industry/Career based unit standards from the NZQA framework that count towards the student’s Record of Learning.

     

    Wanganui High School Diploma

    • The Wanganui High School Diploma recognises the student’s graduation from secondary school and transition to tertiary study or the world of work.
    • It may be awarded “with Merit” or “with Distinction”. 
    • The Diploma has a minimum course completion requirement of 90% attendance and 80% work completed to a reasonable standard plus a good discipline record.
    • The Diploma is awarded at the discretion of the Principal.
    • The Wanganui High School Diploma is highly valued.

     


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