HE ARA REO ME NGĀ TIKANGA / LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
Languages are inseparably linked to the social and cultural contexts in which they are used.
Languages and cultures play a key role in developing our personal, group, national, and human identities. Every language has its own ways of expressing meanings; each has intrinsic value and special significance for its users.
In Technology students develop outcomes in a context that interests them. Technology education allows students to gain practical skills, knowledge, and understanding to thoughtfully live with, critique, and contribute to the technological developments that shape our lives.
Textiles and Fashion - Students explore design ideas and develop them to produce textile products within contexts such as fashion, wearable art, upcycling and accessories.
Food Design and Manufacture - Students design and manufacture food products to meet a brief.
Digital Technology - Media Products focuses on the development of knowledge and skills using a wide range of internet and computing technologies to produce a media outcome.
Design and Visual Communication - Focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in the three-dimensional design contexts of architecture and product design.
Integrated Technology - Gives students the opportunity to explore and learn skills across Food Products, Textile Products and Hard Materials contexts.
Visual Arts is powerful forms of expression that recognise, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders. Through movement, sound and image, Visual Arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meanings.
For senior students who have completed one or more years of senior schooling and still are unsure where their academic strengths may take them, two other useful websites are
- Profile Builder, By entering the standards achieved into this interactive tool, students can see what sectors of the workforce might be most appropriate. Once a particular broad sector has been identified, this website allows the user to click and access individual jobs or industries that are most suited. Another possible use of this site is to see which pathways are partially completed and would be completed by adding some future standards aligned to this sector.
- Using the NZQA website and student’s personal NSN (National Student Number) and password. This data can be accessed automatically for standards on a student’s record of learning (ROL). See pathway below:
- Go to NZQA Home (nzqa.govt.nz)Login using NSN number and password
- Click Vocational Pathways link from drop down menu box on the left
- Full profile appears automatically, If more information is required contact the Careers Advisor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I choose my Subjects?
You need to ensure your individual courses best suit your particular abilities, interest, and learning needs AND that you have pathways through to Year 13.
Your ideal course of study will:
- contain subjects that you are interested in, and passionate about
- contain subjects you feel confident you will achieve in and/or provide new skills
- meet the literacy and numeracy requirements at each level
- allow for a variety of career paths
If you are unsure of the most appropriate pathway then you must:
- Read the website information which provides information for each course and talk with your Akina Coaches.
- Ask teachers what is in the course at each level.
- Book an interview with Mrs Kelsey, Mr Gibbons, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Bentley, Mr Pera or your House Dean. This can be with your whānau/aiga if they would like to be there.
- Visit the careers office to check on subjects required for specific careers, further study or vocational employment/trades.
How many Subjects can I choose?
Level 1 Courses
You need to take six subjects at this level You must choose a course from Mathematics and English for NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy.
Level 2 Courses
You need to take five subjects. An English or English combined course is compulsory as it gives you the required literacy credits for further study. An application not to take English can be made to Mrs Kelsey/Mrs Phillips who will ensure that you have option choices that give you UE literacy in Year 12.
You must check entry requirements for some universities or the more competitive courses, as they require far more than the minimum entry requirements for automatic acceptance.
You should opt for a broad range of subjects to keep all possible future pathways open. From Year 12 there are a number of vocational pathway opportunities available on a Friday. These include the Police course, EIT Trades and Gateway courses.
Level 3 Courses
You need to select five subjects. Students may choose a 6th subject from a different level that is a new skill area or a vocational subject/Trade
Can I do courses at different levels?
You can choose courses at different levels if you have strengths in some subjects. You will need to talk with your teacher, Mrs Kelsey, and your parents.
Can I do any subject?
If you have a genuine commitment to a subject not taught at Hastings Girls’ High School we may be able to offer something offline. Please talk to Mrs Kelsey or Mr Pera about this.
How many credits do I need?
Courses for next year will generally offer between 16-22 credits per course, and 30-35 credits for a combined course. Over the full year you will need to accumulate a minimum of 80 credits in total to be awarded the certificate at each level.
To complete NCEA Level 1, you need 80 credits at Level 1 or above. Included in this total you will need at least 10 credits in Literacy and 10 credits in Numeracy from selected standards.
To complete NCEA Level 2, you need 80 credits of which 60 need to be at Level 2 or above. The other 20 can be from any level on the NZQF.
To complete NCEA Level 3, you need 80 credits of which 60 need to be at Level 3 or above. The other 20 credits need to be at Level 2 or above on the NZQF.
How do I get endorsement at NCEA?
Course endorsement provides recognition if you perform exceptionally well in individual courses. Endorsement requires at least 14 credits at Excellence or Merit for that particular level of endorsement. At least 3 credits must come from externally assessed standards.
NCEA Certificate endorsement requires you to achieve at least 50 credits at Excellence or Merit to gain Certificate endorsement at that level.
All students have the potential to identify career opportunities that fit with their skills, interests, values and personality to find a suitable career pathway. Vocational pathways enable senior students to gain industry training while achieving NCEA credits. Students can undertake work experience in one of the vocational pathways (Manufacturing and Technology, Primary Industries, Creative Industries, Services Industries, Social and Community Services, or Construction and Infrastructure). Students gain work experience, industry training and NCEA credits to assist them with their future tertiary study and/or employment.
Future Careers Advice
Future planning can be a very difficult exercise and for many students at high school it will be a very fluid process. Keeping as many doors as possible open for as long as possible is the general rule. Spending time with parents or family to identify academic strengths and areas of particular interest can be a very rewarding exercise. Listed below are a couple of very useful websites that students of all ages could find beneficial.
Visit www.careers.govt.nz and complete the 20-minute interactive ‘careersquest’ tool.
More specific advice and guidance is available at school simply by contacting our school Careers Advisor.
Trades Academy Courses run one day a week at EIT in Taradale. There is no cost involved and transport is provided to get you to the courses. The other four days, you remain at school.
Trades Academy Courses are offered in:
- Automotive (level 2 and 3)
- Building and Construction (level 2 and 3)
- Computer Technician (level 2 and 3)
- Hair and Beauty (level 2 and 3)
- Tourism and Travel (level 2)
- Hospitality (level 2 and Bakery level 3)
- Te Toi Whakairo or Pikitoi (Māori Visual Art level 2 and 3)
- Waka Ama (level 3)
- Hauora - an introduction to the skills required for tertiary study in the Health sector, Nursing or Social Work (level 3)
- Integrated Trade Skills (automotive, engineering and building level 2)
These courses offer predominantly Level 2 standards and some can lead to Level 3 study at EIT in subsequentyears.
The Gateway programme offers senior students the opportunity to gain Level 2 and/or Level 3 credits while undertaking industry training. Students undertake work experience in their chosen area and gain credits toward NCEA. Students can try a vocational career before deciding to study it full-time or to gain work experience skills.
Polytechnic/EIT Entrance Requirements
EIT and other Polytechnics offer courses at a range of levels with different entry requirements.
Degree courses at EIT such as Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Business Studies need UE requirements of 14 credits in 3 approved subjects together with UE literacy and numeracy.
Diploma courses vary in their entry requirements but many insist on the successful completion of NCEA Level 2 including Level 2 English credits.
There are also some Certificate courses available for students who do not meet the requirements for UE.
University Entrance Requirements
- 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
- 5 credits in writing
These are available in English, Te Reo Māori and a range of subjects at Level 2 and 3.
- Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above in Mathematics
Financing your Future Study
Universities, EIT and other Polytechnics offer scholarships to assist with either fees and/or accommodation costs. To be eligible for most university scholarships students need to have achieved Level 2 endorsed with Merit or better.
In addition to academic performance applicants are considered on the basis of involvement in cultural, arts or sports extracurricular as well as community service. Community involvement is highly valued and can be within or outside of school. Year 12 and 13 students are strongly encouraged to take part in some kind of community service.
Study Link - Student loans https://www.studylink.govt.nz/...
You need a RealMe login to apply online and access MyStudyLink.
If you’re applying for a Student Loan or Student Allowance for the first time, you will need to send Study Link evidence of your identity, e.g. a copy of your Passport or Birth Certificate using Connect.