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Choosing Courses



In 2018 Kuranui College is introducing an exciting new curriculum structure for our Year 9 and 10 students.

Read more about it in “Ignite”, our Junior College course booklet.

Download PDF Document: ‘Junior-Course-Booklet-Ignite.pdf’

The information below is taken from a Kuranui College powerpoint presentation.

Choosing your courses

The School:

Senior Course Planner

Click image to see our Planners

A Formula for Choosing Your Courses



  • How good are you at this subject?
  • Assessments, enjoyment and reports should give you a good idea
  • Discuss with your teachers
  • What subjects a student does at school is becoming less important… what is important is how well the student does at that subject


  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • Which class goes really fast?
  • Do you like:
    • problem solving?
    • reading about people and events
    • ‘doing’ rather than listening?
  • You will do better if you have a genuine interest in the subject.


If you already know what you would like to do when you leave school…Great, but seek advice.

If you don’t know..that’s OK…but keep your subjects broad!

Decisions Decisions Decisions!

How do I decide? Here is a simple model to follow:

Decision Making Steps

Decisions Problem: What subjects will I take next year?

Information: Gather information to assist you to make an informed decision

Options: Can you now see a number of possible answers to the problem? What barriers might exist? Have you passed it at a lower level?

Consequences: Critically assess the possible consequences of each option. “If I take this subject, then…”

Decision: Compare the options and their consequences against each other – select one option over the others.

Review: Continually review decisions against new information.

Tertiary Entrance Requirements

This is the MINIMUM standard for entry to University

University Entrance (UE) – General Admission

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • Achievement Standards (specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects)
    • or Unit Standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

Polytechnics & other Courses:

There is a wide range of criteria and programmes available, so it is advisable to check specific courses and provider information online.
NCEA L2 should be your minimum goal but always aim higher than the minimum!

Specific Requirements

  • In general, few tertiary courses now demand that students study certain subjects at school
  • Many degree courses start with broad compulsory courses
  • Generally – 3 year degrees now benefit from a Post Graduate course to give greater employability.



Compulsory up to and including Year 11
Communication skills highly valued in all areas
Basic literacy credits essential
(English or Te Reo Maori – 5 credits in Reading and 5 credits in Writing at L2+ for entrance to University)



AtomRecommended to Year 11
General Science and then:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Agriculture



Maths Needed at higher levels for scientific & technical careers

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Maths

Basic numeracy credits essential (min 10 credits at L1 or above for entrance to University)



CavemanInterest in understanding or working with people
Develop good higher level thinking skills

    • Aviation
    • Geography
    • History
    • Or by correspondence
      • Commerce
      • Classics



CogsIndicates a general interest in practical areas
Develop a portfolio of your work – drawings and photos

  • Building
  • Technology
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Digital Technology
  • Hospitality
  • Textiles

Major shortages of skilled workers in trades – great opportunities.



ArtDemonstrate your creativity
Portfolio essential
Work on your portfolio all year
Subjects include

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Art History



These subjects all have a performance element

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • And languages which have an oral and written component
    • Te Reo Maori
    • French



Interested in sport and fitness. Enjoy team work.
Available at a variety of levels
All include practical activity

  • Train to Gain – Anatomy and Sports Performance
  • Take the Lead – Leadership and Participation
  • Out and About – Outdoor Education
  • Health is Wealth – Health Issues and Personal Wellbeing
  • Push Play – Sports and Recreational Activity
  • PE – Juniors
  • Sports Studies – Juniors


FUTURES (Vocational)

  • Tourism
  • Retail
  • Work Skills – Skills and tools to get you started in the workplace
  • Setup – Flatting, cooking, personal finance, managing change
  • Drive – Pass your driver’s license
  • Trades Academics – Taratahi, Weltec, Whitireia, UCOL
  • Gateway – Practical work experience


Stay broad for as long as possible.

You can’t go wrong selecting English, Maths & Science.

Whatever you do… do it well & aim high!

Ask for advice.