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

Course Content

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): Creative industries - Media

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Automotive 201

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

In 2021 this course will offer the MITO Ignition programme which is part of their Automotive training programme for schools. StartUp® offers the chance to earn micro-credentials in the automotive industry approved by NZQA, credits towards NCEA Levels 2 and 3 and a great introduction to the working environment. With both theory, eLearning and practical learning in a workshop – StartUp® is just like a mini-apprenticeship!

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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 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 101

Pre-Requisite: Open Entry, although Year 9 or Year 10 Performing Arts an advantage, or at the discretion of the TIC

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of drama and theatre performance. It requires in, and out of, class time work and develops students’ skills in devising, acting, responding and reflecting on theatre practice, effective communication and group responsibility. All students who take this course will be expected to perform to a live audience in a production at some stage throughout the year. This course will also give students the chance to learn about different theatre forms and explore aspects of the history of theatre practice.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

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 TIC

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 gives students the chance to learn about different theatre forms and explore the work of a range of theatre practitioners. Students can gain 17 NCEA Level 2 reading and 4 writing credits from this course.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

Drama 301

Pre-Requisite: 12 credits at Level 2 Drama or 10 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 (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

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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 2/3. 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. Students are required to attend an early childhood centre one day per week. This certificate course is a two-year course and students are able to obtain both Level 2 and 3 credits. 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 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:
Vocational Pathway(s): Social and Community Services

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Junior English

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

Year 10: More information Coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Requisite: English is compulsory at Year 11. Students will be placed into these English classes at the discretion of the HOD, based on reading and writing results in Year 10.

Course Content:
101 is a mixed programme with a combination of Achievement Standards and Unit Standards. In this class, students will study a mixture of literature, film and vocational unit standards, which will provide opportunities for students to gain skills in writing formal personal correspondence, workplace requirements and filling in forms. Students will also study award winning novels and films in order to complete some achievement standards, such as static image and speeches.
Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2021

Assessment: Internal (TO be confirmed) / External (TO be confirmed)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: English is compulsory at Year 11. Students will be placed into these English classes at the discretion of the HOD, based on reading and writing results in Year 10.

Course Content:
102 is an accelerated programme. In this class, students will learn about the themes such as ‘the strength of the human spirit’, 'the power of role models', 'power and control' and ‘overcoming hard times’. They will examine them through award winning literature and film. Spanning different cultures, centuries and personalities, these courses will help inspire students to be the best they can be, despite difficulties and challenges. The texts used in this course may include films like ‘Freedom Writers’, ‘The Hate U Give’ , ‘Dark Horse’ and novels such as ‘A Child Called It’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Naughts and Crosses; and ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel.
Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2021

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

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD

Course Content:
English for Life is a fully internally assessed course, 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 portfolios of speaking, reading and writing assessments and the successful completion of these portfolios gives the students 10 credits and Level 1 literacy.
Number of standards offered in this course will be finalised at the beginning of 2021

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

Compulsory for Year 12 students

Pre-Requisite: 13 credits in NCEA Level 1 English, including either AS90052 (Creative Writing), or AS90053 (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, critical thinking, language analysis, and research and literature study. This course is compulsory for those intending to study English 301 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 (13 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

(Internal 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. The standards attempted will be different from those in 201, with the focus being Unit Standards and some achievement standards where appropriate. This course will use films, novels and short texts as the basis for internal assessments. It leads to English 321 in Year 13 and is not a university pathway course.

Assessment: Internal - students will run on individual programmes, completing the standards they need to achieve Level 2.
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Pre-Requisite: 13 credits in NCEA Level 2 English. Students need to have achieved at least one standard in the 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, film studies, and the study of how several texts connect on different levels. This course will also focus on critically acclaimed literature and films which communicate people’s stories and how morals and values are formed, altered and acted upon. It utilises the skills of critical analysis, developed thought and drawing links to the world in which we live. It is the course that leads to university study.

Assessment: Internal (13 credits) / External (12 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

(Internal English)

Pre-Requisite: Based on the recommendation of the HOD, but some proficiency in writing is required. Successful completion of English 211.

This course is for those students who have gained some credits at Level 2 but not enough to gain entry to 301 English. The standards attempted will be different from those in 301, with the focus being Unit Standards and English for Academic purposes. This course will use films, and short texts as the basis for internal assessments. English 321 is not a university pathway course (students will not achieve a university domain), but students have the potential to gain University Entrance literacy through this course.

Assessment: Internal - students will run on individual programmes, with a possibility of up to 16 Level 3 Unit Standard credits.
Vocational Pathway(s): Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing and Technology; Primary, Service and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

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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.

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 101, 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: The mathematics course which you will be doing this year will involve many topics that you will already be familiar with and some new material also.
There will be assessments for each set of core skills during the term and an end of term project. This project will be integrated with some of the other core subjects to use skills and knowledge gained across the school.

Year 10: The mathematics course which you will be doing this year will involve many topics that you will already be familiar with and some new material also.
There will be assessments for each strand and an end of year examination which will determine which Year 11 course will be the most appropriate for your child in their first year of NCEA in 2019. Along with this, students will have the opportunity to gain up to 10 credits towards NCEA mathematics at the end of certain units.

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

Mathematics for Statistics 201

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits from NCEA Level 1 Mathematics Achievement Standards.

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

Pre-Requisite: 16 credits at NCEA Level 2 Mathematics with a pass in at least two of AS 91261 (Algebra), AS 91257 (Graphs) and A91262 (Calculus) and AS91259 (Trigonometry)

The course is divided into five standards, three of these are internally assessed and three are externally assessed at the end of the year. The areas of study are trigonometry, graphs and conic sections, simultaneous equations, differentiation, complex numbers. This course is particularly recommended to those who wish to study mathematics at tertiary level.

Assessment: Internal (10 credits) / External (11 credits)

Pre-Requisite:

This course is divided into five standards which are all internally assessed. The areas of study are Critical path analysis, Linear Programming, Solving systems of equations, Bivariate data investigations, Time series investigations. The investigations topics require students to be self-regulated in their approach to learning, to help prepare for tertiary study.

Assessment: Internal (16 credits)

(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, probability, linear equations, bivariate data analysis, and 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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Meaningful Pathways 201

Course Content:
This is an alternative learning pathway tailored towards the Trades. Students who are successful in their application for this class attend Trades Academy in Petone, Wellington or Porirua two days per week.

Courses available include: Construction, Automotive and Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Animal Care, Hospitality, Cooking and Creative Technology.

There is also potentially a farming course available through Primary Industries.

Students are also required to attend a work placement one day per week. Therefore the students will only be at school two days a week.

This is a Level 2 Trades pathway and it is expected that students will continue on to apprenticeships or Polytech courses at the end of the year (but not university as UE is not offered).

Meaningful Pathways 301

Course Content:
This is an alternative learning pathway tailored towards the Trades. Students who are successful in their application for this class attend Trades Academy in Petone, Wellington or Porirua two days per week.

Courses available include: Construction, Automotive and Engineering, Hair and Beauty, Animal Care, Hospitality, Cooking and Creative Technology.

There is also potentially a farming course available through Primary Industries.

Students are also required to attend a work placement one day per week. Therefore the students will only be at school two days a week.

This is a Level 3 Trades pathway and it is expected that students will continue on to apprenticeships or Polytech courses at the end of the year (but not university as UE is not offered).

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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 101

Pre-Requisite: Year 10 Music or at discretion of TIC Music through a practical audition and interview. It is recommended that students have shown 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).

Course Content:
This course aims to develop and further encourage literacy and creativity in music through an interweaving of four strands - Learning the language of music, Developing ideas in music, Communicating and interpreting in music, Understanding music in context.
MUS 101 comprises the following compulsory standards - Solo Performance AS91090, Composition AS91092, Aural AS91093 and Group Performance AS91091, Score Reading AS91094 and Music Works AS91093 are optional. It is expected that all students will practise their chosen instrument outside of class time as their regular homework and are encouraged to rehearse consistently for their chosen extra-curricular group. It is also recommended that students have been taking itinerant lessons for at least two years to be at the required standard for Level 1 performance.

Assessment: To pass this course requires a minimum of 14 Level 1 credits.
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

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

Students will choose their own programme of approximately 14-18 credits in consultation with their teacher.
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.

Assessment: To pass this course requires a minimum of 14 Level 2 credits.
Vocational Pathway(s): Srvice and 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 will choose their own programme of approximately 14-18 credits in consultation with their teacher. 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.

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

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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

Course Content:
The course covers content relating to anatomy, physiology and biomechanics; interpersonal skills; factors that influence own participation; self-management strategies; 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 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.

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

Pre-Requisite: 14 Level 1 credits including Achievement Standards 1.3 and 1.2 (Biomechanics) or at the descretion of the HoD

The focus of this course is on developing a greater understanding of knowledge and application to the theory and principles of physical education. PED202 builds on the knowledge and application of prior learning from Level 1. 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 and 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.

Assessment: Internal (15+ credits - PE and 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 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.
Course Requirements: Taita College PE uniform is compulsory

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

Pre-Requisite: PED201 – 14 Level 2 credits including Achievement Standard 2.2 (Biomechanics) or at the discretion of the HoD.

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. PED302 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
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 means we 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.

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 is a bonus.

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)

Level 2, 3 & 4 unit standards are offered in this course.
You do not need to have studied this course at Level 2.

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)

Pre-Requisite: Year 10 Samoan or at discretion of TIC Samoan through a practical writing test and interview done in both Samoan and English. It is recommended that probable students show development in bilingualism as this is imperative in this subject as a learning language.

Course Content:
Samoan 101 is a learning language course designed to meet the wide and varied needs of Samoan language learners through communicative use of all FOUR strands of any learning language – listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course develops students’ ability to communicate information, ideas and opinions in Samoan in different situations. Students will develop their understanding of spoken and written Samoan through study of self, identity and family as overarching ideas. Note that for level one Gagana Samoa, the emphasis is largely on building blocks of language structures rather than focusing on the cultural conventions of the language.

O lenei matā’upu e ati’ae ai le tomai o alo ma fānau e ala i le fa’aaogāina o le gagana tautala/ aso uma e aofia ai le fa’alogo, tautala, faitau ma le tusitusi. E mafai ai e alo ma fānau ona fa’asoa fa’amatalaga, māfaufauga ma manatu e fa’aaogā ai le Gagana Sāmoa i nofoaga ‘ese’ese. O le ‘ā mafai e alo ma fānau ona fa’alautele lo latou silafia i le gagana tusitusi ma vaogagana e fa’aaogā i le ‘āiga. O ni isi o matāupu e aofia ai lou tagata, o le fa’asinomaga ma le tāua o le ‘āiga. E lē fa’amamafaina le a’oa’oina o le aganuu ae e aofia uma pe a a’oa’oina gagana faigōfie, tau amata mo le fanau i le tausaga 11.

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

Junior Science Science is a practical and exciting subject and you will learn many new skills.

Year 9 Topics:
Term 1: Wellbeing/ Resilience: Introduction to science
Term 2: Communication: Waves and energy
Term 3: Sustainability: Human interaction and conservation of nature
Term 4: Adversity: Animal Antics

Year 10 Topics:
Term 1: Athletics (Life Processes) – Heart Rate assessment (Level 1)
Term 2: Acids and Bases – Rates of Reaction assessment (Level 1)
Term 3: Electricity and Energy
Term 4: Genetics

During each topic there will be a mid and end of topic assessment consisting of either a topic test, practical assessment or research project.
Science literacy is also a major component of the junior science course and all teachers will be introducing the basic concepts necessary to understanding the meanings of scientific words and the different branches of science

Science 101/102

Pre-Requisite: Science is compulsory at Year 11.

Course Content:
This course is designed to prepare students for continuing with biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics in Year 12. Science 102 is a combination of internal and externals. Science 101 is internals only.

  • Biology: Micro-organisms, Genetics
  • Chemistry: Acids and Bases, Metals (additional if time)
  • Physics: Astronomical Cycles, Mechanics Waves (additional if time)

Assessment: Internal (16/20 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): 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 specialize, 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

Science Academy - Physics/Chemistry/Biology 202

Pre-Requisite:
Physics/Chemistry: Passed Level 1 Mechanics, Acids and Bases, or internals achieved with Merit or Excellence Literacy and achieved Numeracy requirements.
Chemistry/Biology: Passed Level 1 Acids and Bases, or internals achieved with Merit or Excellence Literacy and achieved Numeracy requirements.
Physics/Biology: Passed Level 1 Mechanics, or internals achieved with Merit or Excellence Literacy and achieved Numeracy requirements.

Course Content:
This course provides the student with an opportunity to study two academic science courses: Physics/Chemistry; Chemistry/Biology; Physics/Biology consisting of internals and externals leading to a career pathway..

Assessment: Combination of internals and externals, the credit varies on the subject, but is external heavy subject.
Vocational Pathway(s): Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, Surveying, Geophysics, Health Science, Physiotherapy, Dental Hygiene, Defence Forces

Pre-Requisite: Physics/Chemistry: Passed Level 2, External examination along with Mathematics level 2 credits
Chemistry/Biology: Passed Level 2 External examination and achieved English credits.
Physics/Biology: Passed Level 2, External examination along with Mathematics and English level 2 credits.

Course Content:
This course enables the student with an opportunity to study two academic science courses: Physics/Chemistry; Chemistry/Biology; Physics/Biology and get their UE Domains.

Assessment: Internal and External (External heavy), the number of credits varies with subject choice. Minimum 7 internal credits to a maximum 10 credits, the rest from externals.
Vocational Pathway(s): Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, Surveying, Geophysics, Health Science, Physiotherapy, Dental Hygiene, Defence Force

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

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 (16 Credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, Surveying, Geophysics, Health Science, Physiotherapy, Dental Hygiene, Defence Force

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Junior Social Studies

Year 9: More information Coming soon.

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Pre-Requisite: Level 5 in Year 10 Social Studies is desirable.

Course Content
Geography asks the questions ‘What is where, why there, and why care?’
Geography includes some of the following:

  1. How to read different types of maps (paper based and digital)
  2. The study of earthquakes in NZ and around the world
  3. Students carry out research on the sustainability of transport used by TC students
  4. A current geographic issue that has different viewpoints and possible solutions
  5. The sustainable use of the dairy industry – New Zealand’s #1 export earner

The course is a maximum of 19 credits. Most of the credits are internally assessed. At the end of the year, NCEA examinations provide the opportunity to gain more credits. NCEA Level 1 Geography involves developing basic skills with useful things like map reading, simple mathematics, problem solving and investigations through field work. Geography examines issues that affect places, the people in them, in New Zealand and in other parts of the world.
NB: Students will participate in field work outside the classroom..

Assessment: Internal (15 credits)/ External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary, Service and Creative Industries

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Year 10 Social Studies is desirable

Course COntent
History explores the past and how it helps us to explain the present and make better decisions about the future.
History at Level 1 includes some of the following:

  1. How to interpret the traces of the past such as photographs, newspaper accounts, diaries etc
  2. Students carry out research into an example of historical injustice in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific and how people resisted this situation
  3. Taking different historical perspectives of people in controversial events such as the 1981 Springbok Tour and Nuclear Testing in the Pacific
  4. Learning how to describe the causes and consequences of a contemporary historical issue which in 2021 will be the terror attacks in the USA on 9/11 and its impact on the world including New Zealand

The course is a maximum of 20 credits. Most of the credits are internally assessed and students can gain further credits for course endorsement at the end of the year.

Assessment: Internal (12 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 in Year 12 if students can show evidence of similar success in English, Maths and Science subjects.)

Course Content:
This course is structured around two contrasting landscapes: Volcanic Wilderness and Cities.
Internal Assessment will include:

  1. Who should pay for our national parks? This includes a research fieldtrip over three days and two nights to the Mount Tongariro-Mt Ruapehu area.
  2. Patterns within cities: A study of the pattern of homicide in Chicago (USA) and the distribution of graffiti in the Taita / Stokes Valley area.
  3. A global study of the Covid-19 Pandemic – how did this world altering virus impact the world, socially economically and environmentally?

External Assessment:

  1. Natural landscapes focusing on Tongariro National Park
  2. Geography skills and concepts (including map work, mathematics and problem solving)
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: 12 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
NB: In 2021 course content for Level 2 and 3 is similar but with a different level of assessment.

Course Content:
History explores the past and how it helps us to explain the present and make better decisions about the future.
Extending skills and knowledge developed from the previous year, Level 2 includes some of the following:

  1. How to interpret the traces of the past such as photographs, newspaper accounts, diaries etc.
  2. Students explore New Zealand’s role in the prevention of genocide and will carry out research into either the Holocaust, genocide in Rwanda in 1994 or the Armenian genocide during World War One.
  3. Taking different historical perspectives of people in controversial events. In 2021 this will focus on the decision to grant New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893.
  4. Learning about the duty to remember New Zealand’s ‘difficult history’. In 2021 the will focus on the era before Te Tiriti o Waitangi and focus on the Musket Wars, Christian Missionaries and instances of conflict between Māori and Pākeha.

The course is a maximum of 22 credits. Most of the credits are internally assessed and students can gain further credits for course endorsement at the end of the year.

Assessment: Internal (18 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 12 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, such as English, History or Science.

Geographers at this level are developing specialist knowledge, understanding and skills with a key focus on spatial patterns, interactions and sustainability. Specific topics are:

  1. Refugee migration – from a global and New Zealand perspective
  2. The tourist industry – in a selected New Zealand destination
  3. The geography of the ASB Polyfest in Auckland – the world’s largest cultural performance event!
  4. Skills and concepts – using the analytical skills required of investigative geographers

NB: Students will participate in local fieldwork in the Hutt Valley and have the opportunity to go on an amazing trip to a premier New Zealand tourist destination.

Assessment: A combination of internal and external assessments of 14-18 credits, depending on student need.

(University Approved Domain)

Pre-Requisite: 14 credits in NCEA Level 2 History or 14 credits in Level 2 English. This course 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.
NB: In 2021 course content for Level 2 and 3 is similar but with a different level of assessment.

Course Content:
History explores the past and how it helps us to explain the present and make better decisions about the future.
Extending skills and knowledge developed from the previous year, Level 2 includes some of the following:

  1. How to interpret the traces of the past such as photographs, newspaper accounts, diaries etc.
  2. Students explore New Zealand’s role in the prevention of genocide and will carry out research into either the Holocaust, genocide in Rwanda in 1994 or the Armenian genocide during World War One.
  3. Taking different historical perspectives of people in controversial events. In 2021 this will focus on the decision to grant New Zealand women the right to vote in 1893.
  4. Learning about the duty to remember New Zealand’s ‘difficult history’. In 2021 the will focus on the era before Te Tiriti o Waitangi and focus on the Musket Wars, Christian Missionaries and instances of conflict between Māori and Pākeha.

The course is a maximum of 23 credits. Most of the credits are internally assessed and students can gain further credits for course endorsement at the end of the year.

Assessment: Internal (19 credits) / External (4 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Service and Creative Industries. Careers such as journalism, law, library or museum work, diplomatic corps, government jobs and research are supported by this subject.

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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.

Tikanga Maori Levels 1 to 3

All credits are literacy credits and can go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite:

This is an exciting new opportunity to experience Tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori and Māori performance in an authentic marae based setting. As the course develops, senior students will have the opportunity to be assessed in these 3 areas under the NZQA Framework.
This course will run all day on Wednesday’s in Te Whakaruruhau. This will be a whānau class with students from Years 9 – 13.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Tikanga Maori Levels 1 to 3

All credits are literacy credits and can go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite:

This is an exciting new opportunity to experience Tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori and Māori performance in an authentic marae based setting. As the course develops, senior students will have the opportunity to be assessed in these 3 areas under the NZQA Framework.
This course will run all day on Wednesday’s in Te Whakaruruhau. This will be a whānau class with students from Years 9 – 13.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

Tikanga Maori Levels 1 to 3

All credits are literacy credits and can go towards UE literacy

Pre-Requisite:

This is an exciting new opportunity to experience Tikanga Māori, Te Reo Māori and Māori performance in an authentic marae based setting. As the course develops, senior students will have the opportunity to be assessed in these 3 areas under the NZQA Framework.
This course will run all day on Wednesday’s in Te Whakaruruhau. This will be a whānau class with students from Years 9 – 13.

Assessment: Internal (14 credits) / External (8 credits)
Vocational Pathway(s): Primary and Creative Industries; Social and Community Services

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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

Course Content:

The course has been developed by Travel Careers and Training. It covers a range of unit standards which promote an understanding of the world of travel and tourism. Modules studied include knowledge of world geography, Maori Tourism, 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 (18 credits)