ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

The curriculum offered at Taita College covers a wide variety of subjects accross the curriculum.

All subjects lead into further advanced teritiary or university studies.

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Junior Art

Year 9: The emphasis of this course is on learning how art processes are developed through a range of creative techniques that can lead to design, composition and pictue making. Media covered are printmaking, collage, basic drawing processes and composition painting.

Year 10: This course is designed for students who wish to take art as an option subject because they enjoy it, or for those who intend to study art for NCEA Level 1 the following year. It involves the study of art in societies and cultures, including Maori and Pacific Island art. Students use knowledge gained and apply it to their own art works. A variety of materials, techniques and procedures are used, including observational drawing, painting, printmaking and design.

Art 101

Pre-Requisite: N/A

It is the aim of this subject to give students proficiency in using visual language and an appreciation of how visual communication influences society. Students gain experience in a range of art making techniques and processes, including painting, drawing, print, digital design and photography.

The artwork that they produce is first assessed internally and then contributes towards a two panel portfolio submission which is externally assessed.

Assessment: Achievement Standards - Internal (12 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

Art 201 (painting)

Pre-Requisite: N/A (although Level One Art is an advantage)t

It is the aim of this subject to give students proficiency in using visual language and an appreciation of how visual communication influences society. Students use painting and drawing to communicate their visual ideas. The artwork that they produce is first assessed internally and then contributes towards a two panel portfolio submission which is externally assessed.

Assessment: Achievement Standards - Internal (12 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

Art 301 (PAINTING) (University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: N/A, although it is expected that students will have previous experience in Art.

It is the aim of this subject to give students proficiency in using visual language and an appreciation of how visual communication influences society. Students use painting and drawing to communicate their visual ideas. The artwork that they produce is first assessed internally and then contributes towards a three panel portfolio submission that is externally assessed.

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (14 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative industries

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Automotive 201

Pre-Requisite: At least 8 credits in NCEA Level 1 English, Mathematics and Science

This entry-level programme gives you the fundamental skills for a career in the automotive repair industry. Students will learn about two and four stroke engines powered by both petrol and diesel, how the power is transmitted through the gear box onto the road. During term 2 students will spend a day each week at the Whitieia Skills Centre in Porirua and must be prepared to making a solid committment to attending as this is an integral part of the course is and is not optional.

Assessment: Unit Standards - 24 credits at Level2 and 5 credits at Level 1.
(Varies slightly, depending on the credits offered by Whitirea).
Vocational Pathway(s): Manufacturing and Technology; Primary Industries

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Junior Design & Visual Communication

Year 9 and 10: Graphics is the language of the eyes. Through this course students will learn a range of drawing skills to express, develop and communicate ideas. The areas that students will look at are architecture, engineering and media. Technical drawing and the process of design will be used to provide solutions to set design problems.

Design & Visual Communication 101

Pre-Requisite: Y10 Design & Visual Communication

Students develop skills gained in Year 10 and tackle further design problems based in the areas of graphics, technology, media and environment. Skills in freehand, formal and computer aided drawing techniques are included. Regular homework is necessary to achieve the required quantity and quality of work.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (9 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Architecture; Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Manufacturing and Technology; Creative Industries

Design & Visual Communication 201

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 Design & Visual Communication

One-year modular course dealing with Design Principles, Problem Solving, Modelling and Computer Graphics. The main elements are Architecture, Applied Engineering, Environmental Design, Computer Aided Draughting and Furniture Design.

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (9 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Architecture; Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Manufacturing and Technology; Creative Industries

Design & Visual Communication 301 (University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 DVC

This course is made up of achievement standards that applies design principles, problem solving, modelling and graphics to the areas of environmental design, technological design and media design.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (10 credits)

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Computing for Beginners

Year 9: Computer skills are becoming more important in our ever-increasing technological world. The course teaches skills in acquiring and presenting information using application software, as well as understanding the basic operations and concepts in computing and problem solving. It is designed for students who have low computer confidence or little computer experience.

Year 10: Computers are the key to the information technology of tomorrow. Students will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of this through the creation of information to the retrieval of the same through the super highway. Using computer tools, they will learn such applications as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, communications and desktop/web publishing. Students will also learn about the effects of ICT on society and how ICT has changed through history.

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Junior Drama

Year 9 and 10: In this course students will develop their ideas, practical knowledge, imagination, communication, and understanding of the performing arts. We will be working in the contexts of dance and drama. It is desirable that thi soption be studies in Year 9 if Drama is intended to be taken as an NCEA Level 1 subject..

Drama 201

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at Level 1 Drama or 10 English credits and a merit in Level 1 English monologue, or at discretion of HOD

This course builds on skills gained in NCEA Level 1 Drama. It requires in and out of class time work and further develops students’ skills in devising, acting, responding and reflecting on theatre practice, effective communication and group responsibility. All senior students who take this course will be expected to perform or do a practical role in a major performance. This course also give students the chance to learn about different theatre forms and explore the work of a range of theatre practioners. In addition, there are some charges for travelling to see public performances. Students can gain 17 NCEA Level 2 reading and 8 writing credits from this course.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

Drama 301

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at Level 2 Drama or 12 credits at Level 2 English, or at discretion of HOD

This course features the challenge of group performance, a major production and devised student works, all of which are showcased on stage in front of a public audience. Only dedicated students need apply. We will also explore the world of technical and management theatre production and students may gain performing arts technology credits for these assessments. In addition, this course will have some charges for travelling to see public performances. Students can gain 17 NCEA Level 2 reading and 8 writing credits from this course. Scholarship drama will be offered to those students who are academically capable of performing at this level.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (8 credits)

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Early Childhood 231

Pre-Requisite: NCEA Level 1 with at least 12 credits in English

Students will study towards the National Certificate in Early Childhood Level 3. Units of work are prepared and assessed by PORSE (early childhood education trainers). It is envisaged that students enrolling in this course will also be part of the Gateway programme as the units of work are based on practical experience. Numbers will be limited. Students are able to obtain both Level 2 and 3 credits in this course. NOTE: This course will be offered at the same time as Retailing. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Vocational Pathway(s): Social and Community Services

Early Childhood 301

Pre-Requisite: NCEA Level 1 with at least 12 credits in English

Students will study towards the National Certificate in Early Childhood Level 3. Units of work are prepared and assessed by PORSE (early childhood education trainers). Students enrolling in this course will also be part of the Gateway programme as the units of work are based on practical experience. It is a requirement of the course that students attend a placement in an early childhood centre one day per week. Numbers will be limited. Students are able to obtain both Level 2 and 3 credits in this course.
Note: This course will be offered at the same time as Retailing. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Assessment: Level 2 and 3 credits are offered in this course
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

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Junior English

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

English and Culture examines texts through an indigenous lens and focuses on the key themes, subjects and values that are explored by indigenous peoples. It is intended that students will have a better understanding of what indigenous literature is and how it is relevant in a modern day context. The additional benefit of the course is that students at Taita College will be able to see themselves represented in literature and will find meaning and solutions to help them make decisions pertaining to them.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

This course focuses on texts that use sport as a central context. Over the year we aim to look at the power sport has within society. Mainly we look at how sport can inspire change, unify cultures and enable us to overcome challenges. As a class we look beyond sport as a game and examine the value it has within our world.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

In English and the Greats we study classic texts that are essential studies for any English lover. The aim of the class is to study and identity what makes a text great and how they are still relevant and interesting to us today, from whatever walks of life we come from. We cover texts from as far back as 17th Century England to modern texts. Some authors we may study are William Shakespeare, Witi Ihimaera, Oscar Wilde, and John Green.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in creative and/or persuasive writing in Year 10 is advisable to succeed in this course

This course will challenge students to understand the constructed nature of media representations and how that might influence their own beliefs about themselves and others. The texts studied in this class will encourage students to question the media and not just take it at face value. The course focuses on a range of different ideas in relation to the media. We will look at the falseness of reality television, the degree of influence the media has on shaping thought and how we play a part in the downfall of celebrities.
Note: Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2017

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD

English for Life is for students who need to consolidate their reading and writing skills. The focus is on using English in the workplace and credits are offered for skills in writing formal personal correspondence, workplace requirements and filling in forms. Over the course of the year, students complete three portfolios of speaking, reading and writing assessments and the successful completion of these portfolios gives the students 10 credits and Level 1 literacy. In Term 3 students study short written texts and a visual text. Depending on their ability, students may be able to do credits in achievement standards during the second half of the year.

Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Compulsory for Year 12 students not taking Alternative English or Level 1 English.

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 English, including either AS90052 (Creative Writing), or AS9005 (Formal writing), or 12 credits by external examination.

The course continues to develop the skills obtained at Level 1. There is a strong emphasis placed on reading and writing skills, speaking and dramatic performance, critical thinking, language analysis, and research and literature study. This course is compulsory for those intending to study the next level of English at Year 13. Those students in Year 12 who have not gained entry into a full Level 2 class are required to undertake a programme that allows them to gain more Level 1 credits and, where appropriate, advance some to Level 2.

Assessment: Internal (9 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

(Alternative English)

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD.

This course is for those students who have gained some credits at Level 1 but not enough to gain entry to Level 2. Opportunity will be given to gain the Level 1 credits and, where appropriate, Level 2 credits in standards the student gained in the previous year. This course will run for 2 years, with the focus being University Entrance litracy by the conclusion of the two years.

Assessment: Internal - students will run on individual programmes, completing the standards they need to achieve UE literacy. External - opportunity of 4 credits externally are possible.
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

(Alternative English - Level 1) - see English for Life Level 1

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD. Completion of English for Life in Year 11.

This course continues to develop essential English communication skills. These include reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and form filling. The course will support students still aimimg to achieve literacy at Level 4 endorsement, whilst also providing a variety of unit standards and achievement standards at Level 1.

Assessment: Internal - this includes 10 credits for endorsement of literacy at Level 4. Students will be expected to work on standards that challenge where they are currently.
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

English 301 (University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 English or 12 credits in NCEA external examination. Candidates need to be proficient in the writing standards from Level 2

This course continues to build on the Year 12 course. It includes the production of a writing portfolio, the critical response to a number of literature texts (both internally and externally assessed) including Shakespeare, and the understanding of unseen passages. It is the course that leads to university study.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (12 credits)

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Junior Food, Nutrition & Technology

Year 9: This course covers an aspect of the Technology curriculum and the Food and Nutrition component of the Health/PE curriculum. Students develop knowledge in a range of topics. They are encouraged to extend ideas and skills and be creative. Students will be assessed to determine their growth in knowledge and skills and personal development throughout the course. Each unit consists of theory and practical work. Fee $25.00

Year 10: This is a full year course that includes aspects from both the Technology and Food and Nutrition components of the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Students develop knowledge and practical skills in a range of topics, with a textile/craft design unit towards the end of the course. Students are encouraged to be creative. Students will be assessed to determine their growth in knowledge and skills and personal development throughout the course.

Pre-Requisite: An acceptable standard in Year 10 Nutrition & Food Technology, or at discretion of the HOD

This course will cover a range of topics on Nutrition for Adolescents, National Nutritional Guidelines, Nutrition and Technology, food hygiene and safety, culture and foods, exploring technological developments, applying the decision making process for food choices, and impact on wellbeing/hauora. Each unit involves a number of theory assessments.

There is a course fee to cover the cost of ingredients.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Food Technology; Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry

This course is made up of Level 1 Standards. Students will study food hygiene and food safety, preparation and presentation of food from a wide range of standards.

Assessment: Each unit consists of a number of written and practical assessments. Students need to achieve both parts of the assessment to gain credits for the unit. Up to 20 credits offered
Vocational Pathway(s): Service Industries

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits NCEA Level 1

This course will cover a range of topics such as nutritional issues, historical aspects of New Zealand food, sustainable food related practices and technological developments and health promoting strategies to address nutritional issues.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (5 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Food Technologies; Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 10 credits from Hospitality Year 1, or at discretion of the HOD

This course is made up of a number of Level 2 standards on food and presentation. Each unit consists of a number of written assessments and practical assessments. Students need to achieve both parts of the assessment to gain credits for the unit towards NCEA Level 2.

Assessment: Up to 21 credits offered
Vocational Pathway(s): Service Industries

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits from NCEA Level 2 with 5 credits from Achievement Standard 91299

This course will cover a range of topics such as food and lifestyles, influence of multinational food corporations, food related ethical dilemma for New Zealand society and nutritional health issues in New Zealand.

Assessment: Internal (15 credits) / External (4 credits)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits from Hospitality 201, or at discretion of the HOD

This course is made up of a number of Level 3 standards on food and presentation. Each unit consists of a number of written assessments and practical assessments. Students need to achieve both parts of the assessment to gain credits for the unit towards NCEA Level 3.

Assessment: Up to 17 credits offered

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Gateway

Pre-Requisite: Letter of application and interview; excellent attendance

Gateway is a special work-based learning programme which enables senior students to participate in structured workplace learning. Your school-based studies will link in with your gateway studies and you will be trained and assessed in the workplace.

Students will be at a workplace for one day per week, and this participation will provide students with the opportunity to gain qualifications in school, and in the workplace.

Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

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Junior Mathematics

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Y10 Mathematics is advisable (over 40% in the Year 10 examination)

This achievement standards course enables students to develop an all-round knowledge of mathematics, but with a slight emphasis on skills needed to progress through to the Statistics & Modelling course in Year 13. The majority of the topics are internally assessed with only one of the statistics topics being assessed externally at the end of the year. Topics covered include number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability. This course is a pre-requisite for the MAT201 course in Year 12, but entry to the MAT202 course may be possible for highly successful students

Assessment: Internal (up to 21 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technologt; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Y10 Mathematics is advisable (over 60% in the Year 10 examination)

This achievement standards course enables students to develop a solid knowledge of mathematics, enabling them to take either the Mathematics with Calculus course or the Statistics & Modelling course in Year 13. Three of the achievement standards (algebra, geometry and statistics) will be assessed externally at the end of the year. The other six standards are assessed internally. Topics covered include number, algebra, geometry, measurement, statistics and probability. This course is a pre-requisite for the MAT202 course in Year 12, but students will also be allowed to change to the MAT201 course.

Assessment: Internal (13 credits) / External (11 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits from NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Achievement Standards. This course is recommended for students who did not meet the criteria for the MAT202, or students who completed the MAT103 with 14 credits or more.

This is a full Level 2 mathematics course that prepares students with the skills required to successfully attempt the Level 3 Mathematics with Statistics & Modelling course in the following year. Topics covered are trigonometry, algebra, co-ordinate geometry, networks, probability and stimulation. Only one of the achievement standards is assessed externally at the end of the year (probability). Students in this course will not be able to do Level 3 Calculus in the following year.

Assessment: (18 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 18 credits at NCEA Level 1 with merit or better in at least two of Algebra (91027), Graphs (91028), Trigonometry (91031 or 91032)

This is the complete Level 2 mathematics course divided into 8 achievements standards, three of which are assessed externally. The areas of study are algebra, introduction to calculus, coordinate geometry, graphs, probability, sequences, networks, trigonometry and systems of equations. Successful completion of this course will allow students to do either Level 3 Calculus or Statistics & Modelling.

Those wishing to do Calculus in Year 13 must do this course.

Assessment: Internal (13 credits) / External (13 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: HoD discretion

Internal only level three mathematics.

Assessment: Standards offered may include a pathway for those who need calculus, but will offer at least 14 credits internally.

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 Mathematics

The course is divided into seven standards, of which five are internally assessed and two are externally assessed at the end of the year. The areas of study are Time Series, Critical Path Analysis,Confidence Intervals, Probability, Linear Equations, Bivariate Data Analysisand systems of equations.

This course highlights applications of mathematics and requires students to model real life situations.

Assessment: (14 credits) / External (8 credits)

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Junior Music

Year 9: All students are encouraged to read and wrute music while in the Taita College Music Department. Students begin a two-term programme by investigating rhythm and notation, as well as investigating a popular musician. These skills are important at Year 9 level as they promote a foundation of written and visual understanding of music, as well as an insight into the cultural context of music.
As a class we investigate the look and sound of a multitude of instruments in film music. As part of the course, all students learn the basics of playing guitar and keyboard. Itinerant guitar, keyboard, vocal and wood wind lessons are available for students who wish to pursue an instrument further.

Year 10: An intense course that focuses closely on performance, composition, the study of musical works and theory in preparation for Level 1 NCEA in 2008. Students must take tuition in an instrument of their choice and private practice out of class time is essential. Entry to this course is at the teacher’s discretion.

Music 201

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 Music or at the discretion of TIC Music through a practical audition and interview. It is highly recommended students have shown interest and development in learning an instrument through itinerant or private lessons in previous years. All senior music students must be involved in an extra-curricular music group. This is to ensure that they meet the NCEA assessment criteria for group performance (Note: Voice is an instrument).

MUS 201 is comprised of the following standards.

  • Solo Performance AS91270
  • Second Instrument Performance AS91274
  • Group Performance AS91272
  • Composition AS91271, Music Works 91277, Investigation of NZ Music AS91278 (compulsory), Music Technology US27658, Sound Tech US27703, Aural AS91275 & Conventions AS91276.

Students will choose their own programme of approximately 14-18 credits in consultation with their teacher, but should choose at least one of: Solo Performance AS91270 or Composition AS91271 combined with at least one of: Conventions AS91276, Music Works AS91277 or Aural AS91275.
It is also recommended that students have been taking itinerant lessons for at least three years to be at the required standard for Level 2 performance.

This course incurs a cost for $50.00, if students wish to hire an instrument for the year.

Assessment: To pass this course requires a minimum of 14 Level 2 credits.
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries

Music 301 (University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits at NCEA Level 2 Music or at the discretion of TIC Music through a practical audition and interview. Students must have shown interest and development in learning an instrument through itinerant or private lessons in previous years. All senior music students must be involved in an extra-curricular music group. This is to ensure that they meet the NCEA assessment criteria for group performance. (NOTE: Voice is an instrument)

MUS 301 is comprised of the following standards

  • Solo Performance AS91416
  • Second Instrument Performance AS91417,
  • Group Performance AS91418
  • Composition AS91419, Songwriting AS91849, Research AS91425, Sound Technology US28007, Aural AS91420.

Students may choose their own programme of approximately 14-18 credits in consultation with their teacher, but should choose at least one of: Solo Performance AS91416 or Composition AS91419 or Songwriting AS91849 combined with at least one of: Research AS91425 or Aural AS9420.It is also recommended that students have been taking itinerant lessons for at least four years to be at the required standard for Level 3 performance.

This course incurs a cost for $50.00, if students wish to hire an instrument for the year.

Assessment: To pass this course requires a minimum of 14 Level 3 credits.

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Photography 201

Pre-Requisite: N/A. Experience using image editing software (like Photoshop) is an advantage, but not essential.

Students use photographic processes to communicate their visual ideas. Work is developed in a journal, which contributes towards the internal achievement standards. The best of their artwork is then selected to be presented on a two panel portfolio submission which is externally assessed.

Assessment: External (12 credits) / Internal (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries - Media

Photography 301

Pre-Requisite: N/A. Experience using image editing software (like Photoshop) is an advantage.

Students use photographic processes to communicate their visual ideas. Work is developed in a journal, which contributes towards the internal achievement standards. The best of their images are then selected to be presented on a three panel portfolio submission which is externally assessed.

Assessment: External (14 credits) / Internal (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative Industries - Media

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Junior Physical Education

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: This course is compulsory at Level 1

The course covers content relating to anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; interpersonal skills; social responsibility in physical activity; safety management; and performance in a physical activity.

Students participate in a number of physical activities and through effective and crafted writing, relate this to their overall health and well-being (hauora). High levels of personal and social responsibility as well as a commitment to physical fitness and theory are important in this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Assessment: Internal (15+ credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: Entry at the discretion of the HoD

Students who have enjoyed PE and Health in Years 9 and 10 and may be looking to take physical education through to Year 13 or pursue tertiary education or a career in Physical education, health and/or sport should be selecting this course at Year 11.

The course covers content relating to anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; interpersonal skills; social responsibility in physical activity; safety management; and performance in a physical activity.

Students participate in a number of physical activities and through effective and crafted writing, relate this to their overall health and well-being (hauroa). High levels of personal and social responsibility as well as commitment to physical fitness and theory are the prerequisities of this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Assessment: Internal (15+ credits
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 15 Level 1 credits including Achievement Standards 1.3 and 1.2 (Biomechanics)

The focus of this course is on developing a greater understanding of knowledge and application to the theory and principles of physical education. A significant part of this course is students taking on leadership roles in the delivery of a coaching in primary schools programme and the planning & evaluating of a festival style tournament at the completion of the coaching. Content in the course includes (but is not limited to): leadership in physical activity; coaching; event management; anatomy, biomechanics and physiology; quality performance in a physical activity.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Assessment: Internal (15+ credits - PE & Health)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries

Pre-Requisite: Entry into this course is at the discretion of the HOD

This is a predominantly unit standards based course designed to get students participating in various sporting and outdoor activities. This is balanced with theory work to understand how we perform as a team and as individuals. Students will participate in adventure-based learning activities, outdoor activities (high & low ropes) and demonstrate quality performance in a physical activity. Credits in this course make a significant contribution to achievement towards NCEA Level 2 but an endorsement in PE cannot be obtained in this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

NCEA Level 2 Study Guide - to be purchased through the school at a cost of $25.00 + course fee of $25.00 to be paid by the end of Term 1

Assessment: Internal Unit and Achievement Standards (15+ credits - PE & Outdoor Education)
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: Entry into this course is at the discretion of the HOD

This is a predominantly unit standards based course designed to get students participating in various sporting activities. This is balanced with theory work to understand how we perform as a team and as individuals. Students will participate in adventure-based learning activities, outdoor activities (rock climbing) and demonstrate quality performance in a physical activity. Students will have the opportunity to gain a Level 3 Certificate in Sports Studies through Manukau Institute of Technology. Credits in this course make a significant contribution to achievement towards NCEA Level 3 but an endorsement in PE cannot be obtained in this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

Assessment: Internal Unit and Achievement Standards (15+ credits - PE & Outdoor Education)

Pre-Requisite: From PED201 – 15 Level 2 credits including Achievement Standard 2.2 (Biomechanics)

Students wishing to take this course will have demonstrated a commitment to learning in this subject during their senior years and will be looking towards either tertiary study or a career in this field. PED322 builds on the knowledge and application of prior learning from Levels 1 & 2. High levels of self-management, motivation, personal responsibility and strong interpersonal skills are the very basic fundamentals of being successful in this course.

Taita College PE uniform is compulsory.

>Assessment: 15 Level 3 credits that can be used towards UE
Five Outdoor Education credits that contribute to NCEA L3 but NOT to UE
Vocational Pathway(s): Creative and Service Industries

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Junior Product Design Technology

Year 9 and 10: Using materials such as wood, metal and plastics, students will learn to design and make working full scale models and smaller scale mock-ups to solve problems. They will learn how to use hand tools and machines for the shaping of wood and metal and about industrial production processes and how they affect the environment.

Product Design Technology 101

Pre-Requisite: This course is open to anyone interested in a career in any of the following areas: Design, Building or Engineering. Students who studied Product Design in Year 10 will have a head start.

The course is a mixture of Unit Standards and Achievement Standards, which meanswe can accommodate everyone's needs, Whether you want to be a designer, engineer or tradesman, this course will provide a good foundation to your studies. Typically you will get to use a wide range of tools, equipment and materials, including lathes, welders and power and hand tools. You will also learn the international language of designers, engineers and craftsmen through the media of sketching and making notes. To complete this course you must be willing to do some work away from the workshop in your own time.

Assessment: Internal (21 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Primary Industries

Product Design Technology 201

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits from Level 1 Product Design Technolog

The course covers skills in communication, literacy, maths, quality standards, workshop procedures, freehand sketching, job specifications, health and safety, materials knowledge (including timber, metal, plastic, glass and rubber), hand tools, power tools operating fixed machinery, and designing and testing products. The course is made up of unit standards and achievement standards to accommodate everyone's needs.

Course Fee: $30.00 (to cover the cost of materials)

Assessment: 20 credits at Level 2
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Engineering; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Product Design Technology 301 (University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits from Level 2 Product Design Technology

A range of units are available that will enable you to either study engineering generally or, if you have a particular path in mind, to specialise in a specific discipline. The course has been designed to accurately reflect the priorities in an industrial situation. The course consists of achievement standards, all of which are highly significant and important in todays world of work. These are: Brief Development, Project Planning and Management, Research and Design and production of a prototype.

This is a very full course and participants must be prepared to complete work outside the classroom to meet deadlines.

Assessment: 20 credits at Level 3

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Retailing 201

This qualification is a nationally recognised qualification within the retailing industry

Pre-Requisite: Competency in English and Maths, an interest in the retail industry, and part time work in retail

The course has been developed by WelTec. It is suitable for students who wish to develop an understanding of the world of retailing. The modules studied cover customer service, stock control, financial management, consumerism, communication skills, and a project which explores product knowledge. Students will be placed in a retail work placement one day per week.

NOTE: This course will be offered at the same time as Early Childhood. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Vocational Pathway(s): Service Industries

Retailing 321 (These retailing standards are nationally recognised within the retailing industry)

Pre-Requisite: Competency in English and Mathematics, an interest in the retail industry or part time work in retail. This is an ideal follow-on from the Red Shirts Programme.

The course has been developed by WelTec. It is suitable for students who wish to develop an understanding of the world of retailing. The modules studied cover customer service, stock control, financial management, consumerism, communication skills, and a project which explores product knowledge. It is a requirement of the course that students attend a retail work placement one day per week.

Note: This course will be offered at the same time as Early Childhood. Students must choose either Retailing or Early Childhood.

Assessment: Internal credits

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Junior Samoan

Year 9 and 10: Information to come

Samoan (Levels 1 - 3 combined)

This is a course which will develop the language skills of reading and writing, listening and speaking in Samoan. It is a combined class of Levels 1-3 and students will study for credits at the appropriate level.

Assessment:
Level 1: Internal (14 credits) / External (10 credits)
Level 2: Internal (15 credits) / External (10 credits)
Level 3: Internal (14 credits) / External (10 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

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Junior Science

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Science 101

Pre-Requisite: Achieving Level 5 consistently in Y10 or by negotiation with HOD

This course is designed to prepare students for continuing with biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics in Year 12.

Biology: Micro-organisms, Genetics
Chemistry: Metals
Physics: Astronomical Cycles, Mechanics Waves

Assessment: Internal (12 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Excellence or Merits in Level 1 Science

We are excited to present a new course in the Science's. The Science Academy will be a 2 year course covering Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Students will be offered at least 14 credits in each discipline at Levels 2 & 3. Students opting into this course will take the "Science Academy" over 2 lines in the timetable for 2 years. Links will be made with local industry in the Health, Engineering, Surveying and Research sectors to strengthen student’s knowledge of pathways in the Science field.

Assessment: A minimum of 14 Credits at L2 and L3 in Biology/Physics/Chemistry
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative industries

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 Science

This course is designed to cater for students who do not wish to specialise, but wish to broaden their scientific knowledge with a view to continuing study at a tertiary level. It covers a variety of topics which will include biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science

Assessment: Internal (up to 16 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Biology

Animal Behaviours, plant responses, human evolution, genetics and evolution, practical biology and homeostasis.

Assessment: Internal (7 credits) / External (13 credits)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Chemistry

Atomic Structures and Bonding, Inorganic Chemistry, Energetics of Chemical and Physical Processes, Chemical Equilibrium, Oxidation - Reduction Reactions, Organic Chemistry.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (10 credits)

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits in any NCEA Level 2 Science Subject

This course is designed to cater for students who do not wish to specilaise, but wish to broaden their scientific knowledge with a view to continuing study at tertiary level. It covers a variety of topics which will include biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space science.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits)

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 2 Physics

This is a high level course which gives a sound general basis for further study in any science or technical subject. This course covers mechanics, waves, electrcity and electromagnetism, atomic and nuclear physics.

Assessment: Internal (7 credits) / External (16 credits)

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Junior Social Studies

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

Pre-Requisite: Achieving a good level of success in Y10 Social Studies

Geography includes some of the following:

  1. The study of earthquakes (like Christchurch) and tsunamis in Japan and the Pacific Ocean.
  2. Tourism in the Indian Ocean country of the Maldives.
  3. Students carry out research in the Hutt Valley relating to the Wellington fault-line.
  4. The sad state of New Zealand’s rivers is an increasing issue (60-70% are unswimmable) and problem for our country. How bad are things and what solutions exist to try and fix this disaster?
  5. How New Zealanders are ruining large areas of New Zealand and destroying our ‘100% Pure’ image overseas.

The course is a maximum of 21 credits. Most of the credits are internally assessed. At the end of the year, NCEA examinations provide the opportunity to gain more credits. The subject involves becoming skillful with some good, practical, everyday useful things like map reading, simple mathematics, problem solving and investigations through field work and learning to see issues, problems and solutions to many things that affect us, New Zealand and the world today.
NB: Students will participate in field work outside the classroom..

Assessment: Internal / External (14-21 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Y10 Social Studies

This course is an introduction to 20th Century world history. You will learn about some big ideas that have shaped the last 100 years, including international relations and social change. Films illustrating these themes are viewed. Internal assessments include research into a major event from this era and Pacific Studies. Other achievement standards interpret cartoons and posters, others are short answers, and one essay.

Possible topics of research include:

New Zealand and Protests: Bastion Point, the Land March, the Springbok tour, the anti-nuclear movement and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand's opposition to the Vietnam War, Gallipoli and WWII.
Black Civil Rights in the USA: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X are possible topics of interest for a social studies assignment.,/br> Pacific Studies is a research assignment also offered. This can be chosen from such topics as tattooing, food, and dance.

Careers such as journalism, law, library or museum work, diplomatic corps, government jobs and researcher are supported by this subject.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries, Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 is preferred. Success in the examinations is considered desirable and these students are given priority acceptance into this course. (The subject can be taken for the first time if students can show evidence of similar success in other Level 1 subjects.)

The internally assessed work, which forms the majority of the maximum of 22 credits available to students, will include a research field trip over four days in the Tongariro-Mt Ruapehu area. This includes the challenging Mt Tongariro Crossing where students will get to experience first-hand the amazing volcanic landscape. Our urban settlement case study is CSI: Chicago and focuses on patterns of crime in this busy city. Other internal assessments include the study of global issues such as HIV/AIDS and Freedom Camping.

External Assessment: Natural landscapes focusing on Tongariro National Park and geography skills (including map work, simple mathematics and problem solving) are part of the examinations at the end of the year.
NB: It is desirable that students participate in field trips.

Assessment: A combination of internal and external assessments up to 22 credits, but 14 are enough for Level 3.
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 1, or can be taken for the first time at this level at the discretion of the HOD, and with evidence of credits passed in other relevant subjects

Internal assessment includes a research assignment and a written report on that research. Students will also study perspectives on a given event. There is emphasis on students choosing their own research topics such as the Mau, German Samoa, Treaty of Waitangi and Parihaka. Other topics include the Holocaust, WWII, and social change topics such as the Homosexual Law Reform. Topic choice will be decided at the beginning of the year.
There are a range of resources used to study history. These include films, cartoons, posters and text. A Vietnam trip is being planned for 2016. A Pacific Studies unit is also available in this course.

Assessment: Internal (19 credits) / External (10 credits)
Pacific Studies (15 credits) - Unit Standards
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits at NCEA Level 2 (or at the discretion of the HOD) in Geography or some other suitable subject studied at Level 2
Note: Geography can be studied for the first time if students have enough suitable credits from other subject areas.

Geographers at this level study topics from the following:

  1. The tourist industry in Rotorua. (There is a four day field trip to the volcanic and historical areas of the North Island (Rotorua and Waihi) which has credits and assessments tied into the work of the trip.)
  2. The natural environment of the Hutt Valley and Wellington area – its faultlines, earthquake history and forces that continue to shake, rattle, roll and shape this area. We will also study the Hutt River which is the most dangerous natural hazard on our city.
  3. Human trafficking – the second largest, globally lucrative, criminal activity (behind the drug trade).
  4. Blood Diamonds – the issues and problems of diamond mining around the world.
  5. Skills and Concepts – important to use the resources available to investigative geographers.

NB: it is advisable that students participate in field work and studies that require them to go on an amazing trip with the history students to Rotorua and Coromandel.

Assessment: A combination of internal and external assessments of 15-19 credits, depending on the number of standards required by students.

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 History or 14 credits in Level 2 English
Students need not have studied this subject before, but need to show evidence of credits gained in other relevant subjects.

Internal assessment includes a research assignment and a written report on that research. Students will also study perspectives on a given event. There is emphasis on students choosing their own research topics such as the Mau, German Samoa, Treaty of Waitangi, and Parihaka. Homosexual Law Reform, Mussolini, and women gaining the vote are also topics chosen by some students. Topic choice will be decided at the beginning of the year.

This course also introduces the history of New Zealand in the 19th Century and will look at how attutudes towards men and women were formed from colonial experience. It will also look at how we became the first country to give women the vote.

We visit various research venues and offer several field trips in Wellington. It is especially suitable for students interested in current events wanting to participate knowledgeably and objectively to debates in New Zealand society. A Pacific Studies unit is also available in this course.

Assessment: Internal (20 credits) / External (10 credits)

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Junior Te Reo Maori

Year 9 and 10: He tāonga whakahirahira motuhake te reo Māori me ōna tikanga ki tēnei motu, a, kei a ia ngā tini hua mō ngā momo mahi katoa, waihoki, kei te tipu mai tona mana. Ko te tūāpapa o te reo e whakaakongia atu ki te hunga e hiahia ana ki te whai māramatanga ki te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. Kāore he here o tēnei akoranga, heoi he mea waiwai ki te eke te tangata ki te taumata o te NCEA

The Māori language and culture are unique New Zealand treasures that offer opportunities in many careers in our country and are growing in importance. We offer students the opportunity to learn the foundations of the language and an understanding of the culture and customs. Prior knowledge is not a requirement. This course is essential if intended to be taken as an NCEA Level 1.

Te Reo Maori 101

All credits are literacy credits and can go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite: Year 10 Maori (examination results) or interview with the HOD

To develop the language skills of reading and writing, listening and speaking in Te Reo Māori to Level 6 & 7 of the curriculum. Students will express their language abilities through a range of modes, drawing on personal experiences.

Assessment: Three internal assessment standards for the listening, writing and speaking components of the language (6credits each). Two external assessments for the reading and writing aspects (6 credits each). Total of 30 credits for this course.
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Te Reo Maori 201 All credits go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits from the reading and writing strands and 6 credits from the listening and speaking strands at NCEA Level 1 - minimum

A language programme leading on from previous studies, with a focus on researching a range of topics and presenting the findings using a range of media. Students are working at Level 6 & 7 of the curriculum.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Te Reo Maori 301 University Approved Domain

Pre-Requisite: 6 credits from the reading and writing strands and 8 credits from the listening and speaking strands in NCEA Level 2 - minimum

A programme of study that focuses on the proficiency, recognition, comprehension, purpose and meaning of the language used in the modern world, in detail.

Assessment: (16 credits) / External (12 credits)

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Tourisim 301

Pre-Requisite: 15 credits in NCEA Level 1 English; an interest in Tourism as a career pathway and good school attendance. Numbers are limited

The course has been developed by Travel Careers and Training. It covers a range of unit standards at Levels 2 & 3 to promote an understanding of the world of travel and tourism. Modules studied include knowledge of world geography, communication, performing calculations, customer service and knowledge of New Zealand as a tourist destination.

Trip: Every year a Tourism trip to varying destinations is undertaken. This is voluntary and the cost is additional to the course fee.

Assessment: Written assessment to be completed at the end of each unit (20 credits)