Information for Students going into Year 12

All Year 12 students study 6 subjects. English, Communication English or Te Reo Maori are compulsory. 

Choose FIVE option subjects.

Check the Curriculum Overview 2021 - Where does your learning lead? page. This will show you what subjects there are in each Learning Area in Years 11, 12 and 13. This is important so you can plan your subjects for Year 12 and Year 13.

Some things to think about...

  1. Continuing with Mathematics and Science beyond Level 1 will give you a  greater choice of careers.
  2. It is not advisable to take more than 2 new subjects each year.
  3. Choose subjects that offer the level of credits you need to study. Remember to check that you meet the entry requirements for the subjects you wish to select.


  • The Career Education page gives information on the Career Guidance team who are available for advice in the Careers Centre.
  • Make sure that you visit the NCEA - National Certificate of Educational Achievement page so you understand the NCEA requirements for Level 2.
  • If you are thinking of going to University, ensure your Year 12 subjects enable you to gain the literacy requirements for University Entrance and your subjects lead to a UE course in Year 13. Check the University Entrance - what do you need? page for details.
  • Are you interested in the Trades or Gateway programmes? If yes, visit the Trades Academy & Gateway courses page. You will need to complete an application form and go through an interview process for these subjects.
  • The Vocational Pathways page can help you plan your career and study options by using the colour coded pathways, and easily see how your skills and interests relate to industry.  


How do I select my subjects online?

  1. When you are ready to start making your selections, you can either browse by Learning Areas or Individual Subjects. You will notice that English has a '1' in the Learning area as a course is compulsory.
  2. Click on any courses you want to see more information about including a course description, where it might lead to, and any costs associated with the course. 
  3. At the top of each course you will see the following menu. Here you can add it as one of my courses or you can add it to your favourites, so you can easily find it again.  

4. At any time, you can click on View Selected Courses from either the menu above or by clicking My Courses in the Navigation Panel. When you click on My Courses, you will see the compulsory courses selected for you.

5. To see courses that are recommended for you based on the subjects you took this year and prerequisite information of the courses, you can click on View Courses for Me in the menu above or by clicking Recommended Courses in the Navigation Panel. 

6. If you want to select a Level 1 course from the list of subjects available, you need to click on the Request Exemption button and detail why you want to study this subject. The teacher is charge will get back to you. 

7. To check what courses you have selected click My Courses in the Navigation Panel. 

8. You can remove courses if you change your mind, but you cannot remove compulsory courses. 

9. Once you have selected your courses you should also select a back-up course, just in case of subject clashes etc. The last course you select will be your be your backup course.

10. If you are wanting to do a course but you do not meet the prerequisites, you can add it to favourites if it is a course that you can do in the future. If you think that you do meet the prerequisites, you can click on the Request Exemption button and detail why you think you will do well in the class and it will email the teacher in charge who will get back to you. 

11. Once you have selected the correct number of courses, you can Complete my courses and log off. To log off, click on your name on the left hand navigation bar.

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