The Catlins Area School

Senior Subject Selection Handbook

2012

Our Vision

To develop confident, connected, knowledgeable, actively involved young people who are life long learners, respectful of the diverse world around them.

Welcome to your Future

The Catlins Area School has a reputation for high academic achievement. This is the result of smaller class sizes allowing our dedicated teaching staff to focus on the individual and provide them with high quality education. In the Senior School you start on the road of defining your future; it is an exciting time. Everyone will have different strengths. It is important that both you and your parents understand what qualifications you can get while you are in school and where these might lead.

Teaching staff through their experience will have advice about how well you might perform in their subject. This is not a guarantee but should be an indication of your strength in that subject and the workload required for you to be successful. They are not trying to squash dreams, but more trying to help you make informed decisions so that you don’t get half way through a year and realise you should have made different choices.

Most of our young people recognise that they have to gain qualifications in order to compete in the national job markets. Most go on to tertiary study. In the senior school, most subjects are delivered by a classroom based learning advisor, but a range of possible subjects is available through various distance learning providers.  Senior learners’ programmes are often individually tailored to meet their needs. A strong Gateway programme provides significant support for those senior learners wishing to enter the workforce.

Please take your time to read this book and fully understand the options available to you. Discuss it with your parents and feel free to contact the school for advice. Remember it is your future and the decisions you make will lead you down your chosen path.

Alex MacCreadie
Principal

Contents

Contents

How NCEA works

NCEA Requirements

Making the big decisions

Looking Further

Entry to University

Enrolment at the University of Otago

Competitive Entry

Preferential Entry

Other Pathways

Gateway

STAR

Subjects offered at a glance

Your Course at NCEA Level 1

Your Course at NCEA Level 3

Planning your Personal Learning Pathway

Core Personal Learning Pathways

Science Personal Learning Pathways

Social Science Personal Learning Pathways

Other Personal Learning Pathways

Subject Selection - Level 1 NCEA

Options

Core Learning Areas

English

Mathematics

Science Learning Areas

Agricultural Science

Science

Human Biology

Social Science Learning Areas

Economics

Geography

History

Arts Learning Areas

Visual Arts

Technology Learning Areas

Home Economics

Technology

Distance Learning

Core Learning Areas (Level 2)

English

Mathematics

Science Learning Areas (Level 2)

Agricultural Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Science

Social Science Learning Areas (Level 2)

National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing

National Certificate in Computing

Economics

Geography

History

National Certificate in Retail

National Certificate in Tourism

Technology Learning Areas (Level 2)

Subject Selection - Level 3 NCEA

Distance Learning

Core Learning Areas

English

Mathematics with Calculus

Mathematics with Statistics

Science Learning Areas (Level 3)

Agricultural Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Social Science Learning Areas (Level 3)

Economics

Geography

History

Technology Learning Areas (Level 3)

Home Economics

2012 Year 11 Subject Selection Form

2012 Year 12 & 13 Subject Selection Form

How NCEA works

Now that you are in senior school you will be enrolling in a course to gain a qualification in NCEA (National Certificate in Education Achievement). There are three levels of NCEA certificate, depending on the difficulty of the standards achieved. In general, learners work through Levels 1 to 3 in Years 11 to 13 at school.

Each year, learners study a number of courses or subjects. In each subject, skills and knowledge are assessed against a number of standards. For example, a Mathematics standard could be: Apply numeric reasoning in solving problems.

A range of internal and external assessments will be used  to measure how well learners meet these standards.

When a learner achieves a standard, they gain a number of credits. Students must achieve a certain number of credits to gain an NCEA certificate. Credits may be School Curriculum based Achievement Standards,which are awarded on the scale of Achieved, Merit or Excellence. Credits may also be industry based Unit Standards, which are knowledge based from a particular industry and are pass or fail. All credits are worth the same but lead to different pathways. Most learners will have a mixed course which is predominately Achievement or Unit standards depending on their career destination.

Throughout the year learners will be earning credits and some credits may also be gained by a final examination at the end of the year. It is important to keep on top of the number of credits you earn; it is not possible to pass NCEA through final examinations alone.

Students are recognised for high achievement at each level by gaining NCEA with Merit or NCEA with Excellence.Scholarship provides recognition and monetary reward to top learners in Year 13.

Scholarship learners sit exams in individual subjects of their choice and are assessed against more challenging standards. Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. Only the top 3% of learners in each subject achieve Scholarship.

NCEA Requirements

Approved literacy standards includes any from the English or Te Reo Mäori sub fields,          

Approved numeracy standards include any from the sub fields of Mathematics or Statistics and Probability

Although there are no literacy or numeracy requirements for Level Two, learners should note that University Entrance requirements are for some Level Two literacy competencies and some Level One or above numeracy competencies.  Students should work towards these in their Level Two year.

There are no literacy or numeracy requirements for the Level 3 award.  There are University Entrance requirements, and other tertiary institutions that may have particular requirements.

You do not have to complete the level 2 qualification before starting on Level 3.

Making the big decisions

It is important when thinking about your future that you are realistic about your strengths. It would be a big ask to think you were going to be an All Black if you have never made the local rep team. Similarly, it would be a shame if you never considered University study when you topped the class in all your subjects. Use the following guide to help you define what you want to do. Remember nothing is set in stone; you are choosing for a career for right now, it may not be your career in ten or fifteen years time.

Decisions need to be made before the end of the previous year so the school can arrange staffing.

Looking Further

Many courses have restricted entry; often this is based on the results from the previous year. It is important that when you make decisions you do so with the knowledge of what options remain open to you in future years as a result of your choice. Learners need to understand; they will get one shot at further study and they need to be motivated to achieve if they want choices after High School.

It is a good idea to explore what the entry requirements are for the course of study for the qualification you want. Remember you should aim to achieve at a level higher than the minimum entry requirement; this will ensure success at your chosen course of study and make sure you aren’t caught out if they change the entry requirements. It is likely that entry into all courses and vocations will get harder and more competitive in the future. Level 2 NCEA is now considered the minimum qualification a learner should leave school with.

Talk to the Careers learning advisor or look online for more information.

Entry to University

The universities changed their requirements for entry in 2011. University Entrance as a qualification will not guarantee you a place any more.  

Enrolment at the University of Otago

(From http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/entrance/)

Caps on the numbers of students in a range of undergraduate programmes have been introduced with selection primarily based on academic merit.

There are two pathways for admission to these programmes for new undergraduate students:

Preferential Entry

Preferential Entry guarantees a place at Otago for high-calibre students (subject to gaining a university entrance qualification and fulfilling minimum age and language requirements).

Preferential Entry is available under the categories below. Those who have previously undertaken substantial study at tertiary level will not usually be eligible for Preferential Entry on the basis of school results, but otherwise will qualify if they:

In addition, you need to have registered with the University by:

10 December 2011 (for study commencing in the Summer School or first semester)

15 June 2012 (for study commencing in the second semester)

Preferential entry automatically converts to a guaranteed place at Otago when you also meet university entrance requirements (including minimum age and language requirements).

Many who do not have Preferential Entry when they first register may qualify later when their examination results become available or they accept a place in a residential college.

Some students may hold a university entrance qualification and meet one of the Preferential Entry criteria at the time of registration. For such students a place at Otago is immediately guaranteed.

Competitive Entry

New and recommencing students who do not gain Preferential Entry and are applying to a capped programme in 2012 will be placed on the Competitive Entry pathway and will be offered places in order of priority, subject to the availability of places in their nominated programmes.

If you are a Competitive Entry student, you will be assessed and ranked according to your academic performance and other relevant criteria. It is expected that the majority of students who are initially placed on the Competitive Entry pathway will subsequently meet the criteria for Preferential Entry. Such students will be automatically transferred to the Preferential Entry pathway. In every student’s case, admission will be subject to meeting university entrance and minimum age and language requirements.

Other Pathways

Gateway

Gateway gives senior learners the opportunity to experience learning in the workplace.

Students identify what employment field they are interested in - and the school explores possible placements and enters into a contract with the learner, their family and employers to provide workplace training based on unit or achievement standards - towards NCEA certificates.

The school meets any assessment costs and may provide essential personal equipment for the learner to use whilst participating in the programme.

Some examples would be:

STAR

This stands for Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource. It is a fund of money that the school applies for each year, to deliver courses that are on the margins between Senior Secondary School and the Polytechnics and Universities.  These courses must be non-conventional, that is, not usually associated with traditional school subjects.  These may be held in school or off site.  They may be delivered by a tutor or via distance learning materials.  If the course qualifies, The Catlins Area School will fully fund the course fees for approved learners.  Travel, course booklets, accommodation and any other expenses associated with attending the course are the learner’s responsibility.  

At The Catlins Area School we also use the same resource to provide some short courses for all learners. These courses are free/or at a minimal cost to learners of The Catlins Area School.

Subjects offered at a glance

Distance Learning and taught subjects do change from year to year dependent on learner choices. A wide range of other Correspondence School, Open Polytechnic and other Providers’ courses are available at this level.  All our Distance Learners are supervised and given tutorial help.

Your Course at NCEA Level 1

At NCEA Level 1 (when you are in Year 11) your course will consist of:

We recommend that your three options subjects should consist of: a science, a social science, and either a technology, visual arts or an option that ties closely to your preferred personal learning pathway.

The options subjects that you select for NCEA Level 1 will set you on your personal learning pathway - influencing your subject options for the rest of your time at school. It is important that you select option subjects that help you construct a personal learning pathway which leads to the future study and employment goals that you and your whanau have set.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in other important learning opportunities such as a short course in First Aid.

Sometimes learners work on NCEA Level 1 in Year 12. If you are a Year 12 NCEA Level 1 learner your course structure may vary from this outline based on what you achieved during Year 11.

Your course at NCEA Level 2

At NCEA Level 2 your course will consist of:

At this level of study most learners should choose to continue their studies in English and Mathematics. Level two English and Mathematics are crucial for entry into many courses once you leave school.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in other important learning opportunities such as the Gateway program.

Your Course at NCEA Level 3

When you reach this level of study your personal learning pathway is essentially already set in place. Many of the choices that you and your whanau have made about learning in preceding years will influence the learning options that are suitable for you.

At NCEA Level 3 your course will consist of:

At this level of study you should be selecting subjects that flow on from the Level 2 personal learning pathway that you selected. Sometimes learners will choose to specialize quite deeply at this level, choosing (as an example) English, Mathematics with Calculus and three Science options - or alternatively English, Mathematics with Statistics and three Social Science options.

The important thing to remember is that you need to continue to select option subjects that help you work towards the future study and employment goals that you and your whanau have set.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in other important learning opportunities such as the Gateway program.

Planning your Personal Learning Pathway

One of the challenges faced by learners and their whanau during the secondary years is developing a personal learning pathway that enables the learner to have a meaningful course of study each year - from year eleven to year thirteen.

The following pages are designed to help learners and their whanau plan out a personal learning pathway that includes meaningful and interesting courses throughout their secondary years.

Please follow these instructions:

My name is: _________________________

Two work areas that I might be interested in when I finish school are:

_________________________ and  _________________________

Speak to your teachers and do some searches on google about the work areas that you are interested in. In the box below make some notes about the subjects that relate to those work areas:

On the following pages plan out your three year personal learning pathway.

Remember that you need five subjects each year. If you want to include distance learning options that are not on the pathways maps you should draw them on yourself.

Core Personal Learning Pathways

Science Personal Learning Pathways

LEVEL 1                 LEVEL 2             LEVEL 3          

Social Science Personal Learning Pathways

LEVEL 1                 LEVEL 2             LEVEL 3          

Subject Selection - Level 1 NCEA

Options

As well as the compulsory course, learners must select from the following subjects to complete their course. Usually three subjects are selected. As well as these options learners may select from distance learning options through Otago Net or other provider. It is recommended that no more than one option be selected from the distance learning.

Taught subjects do vary according to learners’ needs.

Core Learning Areas

English

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs: NCEA fees

English is a study of oral, written and visual language in English, based on the New Zealand Curriculum.

Topics covered may include:

•        Creative and Formal Writing

•        Literature Studies

•        Speeches

•        Media Presentations

•        Research

•        Wide Reading

Mathematics

Entry Requirements: Open, although learners would be expected to have a sound understanding of work covered in Middle School

Costs: Correct Maths equipment (compass, protractor, ruler, calculator). Although not essential the Casio 9750 graphical calculator (approx. $85) is a great help to the learner.

Mathematics is one of the seven essential learning areas.  It is a body of concepts which makes use of specific language and skills to model, analyse and interpret the world.

We study number, measurement, geometry (including trigonometry), algebra (including linear, simultaneous and quadratic equations), probability and statistics.

Science Learning Areas

Agricultural Science

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   NCEA fees and ‘User Pays’ fees depending on the distance provider selected.

This option is usually studied through Distance Learning. At Level 1 it is an Achievement Standards based course that includes a heavy degree of written theory work.

Science

Entry Requirements: Students are expected to have a sound understanding of Middle School Science work.

Costs:  NCEA fees

Course Outline: Science involves people investigating the living, physical, material and technological aspects of their environment and making sense of them in logical and creative ways.  We will be studying: Biology - genetics and microbes; Chemistry - metals, acids and bases; Physics - force, motion and energy.

Human Biology

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   NCEA fees

A general course in Human Biology including pathogens, general structure and functions of the human body

Social Science Learning Areas

Economics

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:  ( Workbook) and NCEA fees

Economics is the study of theoretical concepts applied to everyday economic and political issues and decisions.  Students will gain a greater awareness of the economic system they live in and the reasons behind some of the economic problems New Zealand faces.

Economics provides an excellent foundation for learners who want to seek careers in areas like business administration, tourism, accounting and banking.

Topics covered may include:

•        Resources and Production Processes

•        Consumer Choice

•        Supply

•        Demand

•        Markets

•        Relationships between Sectors

This course can be assessed either through Unit Standards or Achievement Standards, and an assessment plan will be developed for each learner individually to meet their needs.

Geography

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs: NCEA fees

Geography is about the dynamic relationship between the land and people throughout the world in many different situations.

The purpose of the course is to give learners a basic introduction to the skills and knowledge involved in geographic inquiry.

For the external standards we study extreme natural events and population.  We also do practical skills and research work for the internal standards – here we look at local and NZ and world wide issues.

History

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   NCEA fees

History is the study of major trends and developments in societies in the past.

The purpose of the course is to further learners’ historical understanding of some major trends and developments in the 20th century in New Zealand society and beyond.  We develop skills in historical inquiry and interpretation.

Topics are being reviewed in the light of new assessment procedures but may include:-

The causes of World War II and historical events such as The Springboks Tour.

Arts Learning Areas

Visual Arts

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   $10 a year for Art supplies.  NCEA fees

For these achievement standards you will be making artworks during the year which show you have generated and developed ideas on selected subject matter; that you have used techniques and conventions based on other artists works, and that you have used a range of media and techniques in the works developed for your folio.

Technology Learning Areas

Home Economics

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:  NCEA fees; Technology course fee

This course will combine Achievement Standards in Home Economics and Technology to meet class needs. It will help learners to -

Technology

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   Dependent on design and project choices, a strong emphasis will be on the use of reusing and recycling materials – all materials have to be paid for; NCEA fees

This technology course requires learners to show evidence of design, craftsmanship and investigations. The course will consist of Level 1 Technology Achievement Standards.

The course will suit learners who want to be creative and inventive in their thinking, and in their design for and their working with a variety of materials.  The project themes will encourage learners to make decisions, solve problems, clearly analyse solutions, and to criticise their own work. This course will include a significant portion of written theory work.

Subject Selection - Level 2 NCEA

All full year subjects are options and negotiable. Note that courses for Level 2 can be made up of a large variety of combinations and it pays to talk to your learning advisor to discuss your options.

Distance Learning

A variety of long and short course distance learning options are available at this level.

As with all schools, our staffing formula only covers us to teach a certain number of options.  With the right attitude, senior learners can learn independent work habits through distance study which stand them in good stead for the future.

The school is committed to maximizing the potential of all learners who undertake Distance Learning.

Core Learning Areas (Level 2)

English

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs: NCEA fees

English is a study of oral, written and visual language in English, based on the New Zealand Curriculum.

Topics covered may include:

•        Creative and Formal Writing

•        Literature Studies

•        Speeches

•        Media Presentations

•        Research

•        Wide Reading

Mathematics

Entry Requirements:  Open, although learners are expected to have a sound understanding of work covered in NCEA Level 1 Maths, with strengths in algebra and numeracy.

Costs: NCEA fees. Students should also have a graphical calculator, preferably a Casio fx9750G model (approximately $85). Students will also need to buy a write-on workbook (approximately $25). Both of these items can be ordered from the Maths Department

This course is virtually essential for learners who may need Mathematics qualifications as part of their tertiary study. We study number, measurement, geometry (including trigonometry), algebra (including linear, simultaneous and quadratic equations), statistics and probability.

Science Learning Areas (Level 2)

Agricultural Science

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   NCEA fees and ‘User Pays’ fees depending on the distance provider selected.

This option is usually studied through Distance Learning. At Level 2 there are both Achievement Standard and Unit Standard based course options. All course options include a heavy degree of written theory work.

Biology

Entry Requirements:  Students are likely to find this course difficult if they have not obtained a sound result in Level 1 Science, especially in the areas of biology and chemistry.

Costs: Three field trips – total cost approx $10. NCEA fees.  Also approx $25 for a Write-on Course Manual

Biology is the study of living organisms. The main themes of the course are ecology and biodiversity, cells and organisms, genetics and evolution, and animal reproduction.

Chemistry

Entry Requirements: Sound NCEA Level 1 Maths & Science.

Costs:  Field trips $10.  NCEA fees and Write-on Course Manual for $20 approximately

Level 2 Chemistry explores the nature of matter and the techniques for analysis of substances in the natural and the manufacturing world.  Practical is combined with theory using real life situations.  Chemistry is often required for further study in the areas of health, agriculture, environmental studies, food technology, and the analysis of materials.

Physics

Entry Requirements:  Sound coverage of Level 1 NCEA Maths & Science

Costs: NCEA fees and Write-on Course Manual for $20 approximately

This subject deals with the laws controlling the physical world.  The course is experimentally based but should only be attempted by learners who have a sound grounding in Maths and Science.  Physics is an important subject for learners who wish to pursue career options in engineering, electronics, surveying, architecture or the health sciences.

Science

Entry Requirements: Adequate coverage of NCEA Level 1 Science

Costs: NCEA fees, Approximately $10 for field studies

NCEA Level 2 Science will include a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics, depending on the needs and interests of individual learners.

This course can be assessed either through Unit Standards or Achievement Standards, and an assessment plan will be developed for each learner individually to meet their needs.

Social Science Learning Areas (Level 2)

National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing

This National Certificate will take most learners two years to complete.

This is a first qualification for people entering the workforce in business administration and information technology.  For many it will lead on to tertiary studies at a Polytechnic.  For others it will prove they have a good base knowledge of business skills and are ready to join the workforce.

National Certificate in Computing

Credits from this course build towards the National Certificate in Computing, which can be achieved over a 1 or 2 year period. For many this Certificate will prove to employers that they have a good basic knowledge of computing and are ready to use them in a particular workplace.

Economics

Entry Requirements: Open.   It is possible for a keen learner to pick up Economics at this level

Costs:  NZQA Fees.  (Perhaps a Workbook)

The course covers basic Economics concepts and theories.  Likely topics covered include inflation, economic growth, trade and labour.

Economics provides an excellent foundation for learners who want to seek careers in areas like business administration, tourism, accounting and banking.

Topics covered will include:

•        Inflation

•        Trade

•        The Labour Market

•        Economic Growth

•        Current Economic Issues

This course can be assessed either through Unit Standards or Achievement Standards, and an assessment plan will be developed for each learner individually to meet their needs.

Geography

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:  NZQA Fees

Geography is about the dynamic relationships between the land and people throughout the world in many different situations.

Level 2 Geography develops the skills and general topic areas of Year 11 Geography; but is also a good one-year course.

There are lots of opportunities in each topic area to study a variety of countries, geographic systems, processes and patterns. Geography has a broad application. It develops skills and knowledge relating to environmental, careers, planning, Resource Management, tourism and other service industries.

History

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs: NCEA Fees

The course focuses on major historical influences, for example Nationalism. Understanding is drawn from the settings of Vietnam, The Origins of WW1 and the Weimar Republic (Germany)

Internal Achievement Standards allow for individual research.

National Certificate in Retail

This is an entry level qualification for people who are working or intending to work in the retail and distribution industry. The course is usually achieved over a 2 year period and will be offered via distance learning from Wellington Institute of Technology.

This qualification recognises that the holder has the skills to provide basic customer service and demonstrate knowledge of health and safety, routine calculations, product and legislation.  In addition, the holder will be able to demonstrate a range of skills through the elective Unit Standards in this qualification, including selling skills, merchandising, display and stock control.  The electives may also include the recognition of skills related to specific types of retailers, enabling the qualification to be tailored to meet the particular demands of different types of retailing.

It is a very successful programme that offers learning towards the full National Certificate in Retail (Level 2) and is based around the certificate requirements as prescribed by Retail Training New Zealand. It is possible to complete a portion of this Certificate as a Gateway placement.

National Certificate in Tourism

This is an excellent entry level qualification for work or further study in the Tourism industry. This course can be achieved over a 1 or 2 year period.

The course format will depend upon the interest levels indicated on subject selection sheets.  

Technology Learning Areas (Level 2)

Home Economics

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:  NCEA fees;  Technology  course fee

This course will be Unit Standards in Home Economics, Food and Nutrition, to meet class needs.  It will help learners to achieve the following:

Technology

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   Dependent on design and project choices, a strong emphasis will be on the use of reusing and recycling materials – all materials have to be paid for. NCEA fees

This technology course requires learners to show evidence of design, craftsmanship and investigations.  The course will suit learners who want to be creative and inventive in their thinking, and in their design for and their working with a variety of materials.  The project themes will encourage learners to make decisions, solve problems, clearly analyse solutions, and to criticise their own work.

The course will focus on a combination of BCATS, Tools4Work and Technology Achievement Standard assessments. There is a significant written theory component to the course.

In general terms the course will work on a two year cycle - with both years covering NCEA Level 2 standards - looking at wood work based standards one year and metal work based standards in the other year.

Subject Selection - Level 3 NCEA

All full year subjects are options and negotiable. Note that courses for Level 3 can be made up of a large variety of combinations and it pays to talk to your learning advisor to discuss your options.

Distance Learning

A variety of long and short course distance learning options are available at this level.

As with all schools, our staffing formula only covers us to teach a certain number of options.  With the right attitude, senior learners can learn independent work habits through distance study which stand them in good stead for the future.

The school is committed to maximizing the potential of all learners who undertake Distance Learning.

Core Learning Areas

English

Entry Requirements: Adequate coverage of NCEA Level 2 English

Costs: NCEA fees

The course builds on and adds to skills acquired in previous years.  It requires depth of understanding for such areas as Close Reading, Responses to Literature, Transactional and Creative Writing, Production and Critical Responses.

Mathematics with Calculus

Entry Requirements: Sound understanding of NCEA Level 2 Mathematics

Costs: NCEA fees. Students need a Casio fx9750G model (approximately $85), and will also need to buy a write-on workbook (approximately $25). Both of these items can be ordered from the Maths Department

This subject is useful and in some areas essential, for many tertiary studies.

The course covers algebra, complex arithmetic, binomials, coordinate geometry, trigonometry and a range of calculus ideas involving differentiation, integration, and differential equations.

Mathematics with Statistics

Entry Requirements:  Sound understanding of NCEA Level 2 Mathematics

Costs: NCEA fees. Students also need a Casio fx9750G model (approximately $85), and will also need to buy a write-on workbook (approximately $25). Both of these items can be ordered from the Maths Department

This subject is useful, and in many cases essential, for a wide range of tertiary studies, ranging from Physical Education, to Health Sciences, to Commerce.

Science Learning Areas (Level 3)

Agricultural Science

Entry Requirements: Open

Costs:   NCEA fees and ‘User Pays’ fees depending on the distance provider selected.

This option is usually studied through Distance Learning. At Level 3 there are both Achievement Standard and Unit Standard based course options. All course options include a heavy degree of written theory work.

Biology

Entry Requirements: Ideally learners will have a sound result in Level 2 Biology, but it is possible for well-motivated learners with good Science and English skills to pick up the subject at Level 3.

Costs:  $25 write-on Course Workbook and NCEA fees

Biology is the study of living organisms. The main themes of the course are biological investigations, plant and animal behaviour, genetics and biotechnology, and human evolution.

Chemistry

Entry Requirements: Sound understanding of Level 2 Chemistry.

Costs:   NCEA fees.  Field trips $10.00 and Write-on Course Manual for $30 approx

The topics involved: energy changes; aqueous solution chemistry; atomic structure; bonding and the periodic table; organic substances; inorganic substances; oxidation-reduction.

Physics

Entry Requirements: Satisfactory coverage of NCEA Level 2 Physics generally required but very able learners have been able to pick up Level 3 without Level 2.

Costs:  NCEA fees and Write-on Course Manual for $25 approximately

The aim is to expand on the knowledge and skills gained in Level 2 Physics and to look at new aspects of motion, waves, electricity and magnetism, fields, atomic, physics, graphs and experimental interpretation.

Social Science Learning Areas (Level 3)

Economics

Entry Requirements: Open. It is possible for a keen and literate learner to pick up Economics at this level.

Costs: NCEA fees  (2 workbooks)

Economics is the study of Theoretical Concepts applied to everyday economic and political issues and decisions.  Students will gain a greater awareness of the economic system they live in and the reasons behind some of the economic problems New Zealand faces.

Economics provides an excellent foundation for learners who want to seek careers in areas like business administration, tourism, accounting and banking.

Topics covered will include:

•        Marginal Analysis and the behaviour of firms

•        Economic problems, allocative efficiency and market responses to change

•        Market failure and government intervention

•        Aggregate economic activity

Geography

Entry Requirements: Open. Keen learners can pick this option up at Level 3.

Costs: NCEA fees.

In Level 1 Geography the main skill is to ‘describe’ Geographic topics and issues; in Level 2, it is to ‘explain’; Level 3 moves learners to the higher thinking skills of ‘analysis’.  This course builds on all the skills, ideas and concepts from the Level 1 & 2 courses.

We study and analyse the tourism process, a specific natural environment, further develop research and analysis skills and look at contemporary issues.

Geography has a broad application. It develops skills and knowledge relating to environmental management, planning, Resource Management, tourism and other service industries. It can be studied either as a science or as an arts subject at university.

History

Entry Requirements: Open.  

Costs:   NCEA fees  

This course focuses on historical influences across a period of time – either Elizabethan and Jacobean history or New Zealand history.

Internal Achievement Standards allow for personal research.

2012 Year 11 Subject Selection Form

Name: ____________________________________

Am I returning?

Please tick one of the following options:

I intend to return to The Catlins Area School in 2012.

I do not know if I will be returning to The Catlins Area School in 2012.

I will not be returning to The Catlins Area School in 2012.

My core learning

In 2012 I would like to enrol in:

Please tick one subject for each line. If you would particularly like a subject that appears on a different line please write the subject name in the space provided. We strongly recomend taking locally taught subjects, however other subjects may be available through distance learning (including Otago NET).

Line 1

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Line 3

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English     ✔

Mathematics     ✔

Agriculture

Science

______________

History

Social Sciences

______________

Home Economics

Technology

Visual Arts

______________

Other learning opportuinities

If there is space available I would be interested in a Gateway opportunity.

Please tick one of the following two options:

I would like to have two periods of Physical Education (Sport) each week; OR,

I would like two periods of study time to help prepare for my exam subjects.

2012 Year 12 & 13 Subject Selection Form

Name: ____________________________________

Am I returning?

Please tick one of the following options:

I intend to return to The Catlins Area School in 2012.

I do not know if I will be returning to The Catlins Area School in 2012.

I will not be returning to The Catlins Area School in 2012.

My core learning

In 2012 I would like to enrol in:

Please tick one subject for each line. If you would particularly like a subject that appears on a different line please write the subject name in the space provided. We strongly recomend taking locally taught subjects, however other subjects may be available through distance learning (including Otago NET).

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English

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Mathematics (Lvl2)

Mathematics with Calculus

Mathematics with Statistics

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Agriculture

Biology

Chemistry

Horticulture

Physics

Science

______________

Business Studies

Classics

Economics

Geography

History

Retail

______________

Home Economics

Hospitality

Physical Education

Technology

Visual Arts

______________

Other learning opportuinities

If there is space available I would be interested in a Gateway opportunity.

Please tick one of the following two options:

I would like to have two periods of Physical Education (Sport) each week; OR,

I would like two periods of study time to help prepare for my exam subjects.

My plan

Two work areas that I might be interested in when I finish school are:

_________________________ and  _________________________

In the box below explain how your subject selections would help you prepare to work in or undertake further study towards those possible future employment areas: