Year 13 2017 Subject Selection


Subject Structure:

Compulsory Subjects are:

 Religious and and Life Skills Programme includes: Chaplain’s Studies , First Aid (optional), Taha Maori  


Five optional subjects to be chosen from:

Accounting , Biology , Geography* , German , Graphics , History* , Statistical Methods Music , Calculus, Classical Studies*, Drama ,  Physical Education , Physics , Chemistry ,  Digital Technologies , Design and Fashion Studies ,  Economics*, English* , English U* ,  French , Ara Polytechnic Youth Pathways Course , Art History* , Visual Arts: Design , Painting , Sculpture , Photography.


Entry Criteria:

Ideally, you will have 12 Level 2 credits in each Level 3 subject you elect. Check the requirements for each subject. Mathematics has a higher, compulsory prerequisite for Level 3 study.

Compulsory Subjects:

♦ Chaplain’s Studies – the Year 13 version of Religious and Social Education

♦ Taha Maori – leading to a certificate in Tikanga Maori recognizing:

⇒ competence in marae protocol

⇒ mihi presentation

⇒ Treaty of Waitangi and an implication for society

⇒ Maori songs, greetings and simple phrases 

English Rich Subjects

You should continue to study English or an English Rich subject*, unless there is a clear reason not to.

Comprehensive First Aid Certificate:

A weekend course to gain this qualification will be offered early in the year. It is a pre-requisite for some tertiary studies like nursing.

Outside Provider Course: 

You choose the subject and we will try to find a provider; talk to Mrs Mulvihill and Mrs Campbell.

A range of courses are available from Outside Providers.  These can be studied:

♦ One day a week for an Ara Polytechnic course

♦ In a supervised study using material supplied by another Outside Provider

These subjects offer assessments with credits for NCEA, but not for University Entrance.  Subjects studied by past students include but are not limited to:

♦ Agriculture

♦ Beauty Therapy

♦ Early Childhood Education

♦ Hospitality

♦ Outdoor Education

♦ Philosophy (University level)

♦ Tourism

You can be in Year 13 year without a full Level Three Course:

If you wish to return to school for Year 13 without studying a full Level 3 course, an individual programme of five subjects/courses will be developed after discussion with the Dean, Mrs Towle.  This may involve a combination of Year 12 and 13 subjects, or Level 2 and Level 3 Standards, with perhaps an alternative programme being made available through outside providers, including tertiary institutions.

NCEA Level 3

Level 3 NCEA

  • A booklet detailing the School’s NCEA Assessment policy will be provided to students and parents at the beginning of the year.
  • Reporting of results will be on progress towards an NCEA Level 3 Certificate. Students will gain an award of Achieved, Achieved with Merit, or Achieved with Excellence, for each Standard and Achieved for Unit Standards.
  • Subjects will offer at least 18 credits in their course.
  • Some subjects because of their nature, suit assessment by Unit Standard better than Standards. Details of this are included in subject notes. Unit Standards each have a credit value which counts towards an NCEA Level 3 Certificate.
NCEA Scholarship
  • Scholarship is a monetary award to recognise top students. It does not attract credits nor contribute towards a qualification, but if you gain a Scholarship it will appear on your Record of Learning.
  • If you wish to enter Scholarship you must enter for both Level 3 and Scholarship Standards to ensure you gain University Entrance and your Level 3 National Certificate.
  • Scholarship is assessed against separate, challenging Standards, and will be demanding for the most able students in each subject. You need to be capable of high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and be able to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations.
Requirements for University Entrance

UE Requirements

 *UE approved subject:  all Level 3 subjects taught at Craighead will offer credits for UE, but the subjects studied through outside providers may not.

Please NOTE:

  1. This UE qualification is the minimum required for entry to University. Courses with limited numbers will require higher standards and students should check requirements for their course with the university concerned.
  2. If you have not continued secondary education beyond Year 12, you can apply for Discretionary Entrance eg because you have gone on an international exchange programme in their Year 13 year.
  3. Persons who are over 20 years of age may apply for special admission to a New Zealand  university of their choice without University Entrance – residency conditions apply.
Advice for School Subject Choices Leading to Tertiary Study

Subject choice often plays a major role in career choice.  Careful choice of Year 13 subjects can increase career flexibility.   Below is information which will assist in your planning.

Subject Choice at Year 12 & 13 Levels

Although it is often necessary to specialize to some extent in the Senior School, you should, if possible, maintain a broad range of options to allow for changing interests and abilities.  You are advised to choose English or an English-rich subject (Classical Studies, Economics, Georgraphy, History, Art History) in Year 13 to prepare for tertiary-level writing skills. When planning a Year 12 course, you should also plan your Year 13 course to ensure appropriate subjects are chosen.


Mathematics and Statistics are integral to virtually all advanced scientific and technical occupations. If you are interested in any of these careers, Statistical Methods should be studied to Year 13 level.  Both Calculus and Statistical Methods Courses at Year 13 considerably increases the range of possible occupational choice and opportunity, even in the arts field.


You need to know how you are progressing towards University Entrance Literacy.  Literacy can be gained in a variety of subjects and is no longer restricted to English assessments.

Careers and Tertiary Training Advice and Planning

The Careers Advisor, Mrs Campbell, will keep you fully informed and help you to prepare for your transition from school.  She runs a Careers Facebook page and regular seeks your feedback on your plans and progress towards training and work beyond school.   Listen to and read the daily notices carefully and meet every deadline for the most efficient and informed pathway.  When you are in Year 12 you complete a compulsory Careers module with Mrs Campbell.  In Year 13, you will have brief, weekly meetings with Mrs Campbell. – Follow CDS Careers on Facebook for regular up-dates on career happenings and events

About Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)

There are 16 ITPs in New Zealand.  They offer courses ranging in length from one day to four years, and include Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees as well as Trade Certificates and New Zealand Certificates. Most qualifications gained through ITPs are vocational, meaning they are very practical and hands-on.

Most ITPs have open days which interested Year 12 & 13 students are encouraged to attend.

Entrance Requirements for ITP Courses are becoming more demanding and require NCEA Level 2 as a minimum. Please check on specific websites.  Qualifications are based on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and range from Certificates to Diplomas and Degrees, depending on the   level of study.

 About Universities

All of the eight New Zealand Universities send information packs and pre-enrolment forms to schools.  Each University structures its degree, diploma and certificate courses slightly differently.  The Careers’ Adviser is available to give students any information required and when students enroll the Liaison Officer at each University assists them with further information.

Details of the courses available from each university can be found on each university’s website.

Universities also publish course handbooks with full details of their courses.  They are available for reference from the Careers’ Adviser, Mrs Campbell. Most universities now encourage students to access information through their websites.

Liaison Officers from the various Universities and ITPs visit Craighead early in the year and again later in the year to help with course planning.

Some South Island ITP Websites:

This is not a comprehensive list, see Mrs Campbell for further information.

  • Ara Institute of Canterbury                                  
  • University of Canterbury Education                  
  • Dunedin College of Education                             
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology  
  • Otago Polytechnic                                                  
  • Southern Institute of Technology (Invercargill)
  • Tai Poutini Polytechnic                                         

Defense Careers

Liaison Officers from the Navy, Army and Air Force talk to students about different careers in the Armed Forces.  Senior students have the opportunity to spend time during the July holidays experiencing life in the area of their interest at the Devonport Navy Base, Burnham Camp, or at Ohakea Air Base.

Career Destination Websites

-useful for students, career educators and parents

The most comprehensive website: Careers New Zealand is the leading provider of dependent career information, advice and guidance in New Zealand

Student Career Pathways information :  for information on jobs in farming, agriculture, agribusiness and science shares the career experiences of New Zealand’s technologists, engineers and scientists making career and study decisions easier

CV -How to write one

 Scholarships   Breakout is an online portal of scholarships which can be accessed at school or at most public libraries

 Student loans Information relating to student loans / finances and other study-related issues

 Job Hunting

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