Opportunities

Senior School

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Hillmorton High School offers a wide array of course options that lead to exciting careers and further studies at tertiary institutes such as universities and polytechnics. We aim to cater for our students with learning pathways that are guided by our talented careers team. Knowing our students from the start of Year 7 means we can provide them with tailored educational opportunities that not only provide them with academic achievements but also the skills and attributes to be successful in tomorrow’s world.

Year 11

Students study 6 subjects in Year 11 to gain 80+ credits towards their NCEA Level 1. English, Maths, and Science are compulsory, students may pick 3 option subjects from the following list:

  • Visual Arts
  • Social Enterprise
  • Dance (Kanikani)
  • Digital Skills
  • Digital Technology
  • Production & Performance
  • English Language
  • English Language for Literacy
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Culinary Foundations
  • Textiles Technology
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Health Education
  • Outdoor Education
  • Physical Education
  • Life Amongst the Ancients
  • Geography
  • Freedom, War and Equality
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Design and Visual
  • Communication
  • Technology Engineering
  • Technology Wood
  • Directions Forward

Year 12

Year 12 students can take full-year courses or semester courses which run for half of the year. 60+ credits are required to gain NCEA Level 2. Year 12 offers an exciting list of both modern and traditional courses.

Full-year Level Two Courses Semester (half-year) Level Two Courses
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography
  • Business Studies
  • Dance (Kanikani)
  • Digital Skills
  • Digital Technology
  • Production and Performance
  • English Connections
  • English Creative
  • English Non-fiction
  • English Language Senior Course A
  • Textiles Technology
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Te Reo Māori
  • Outdoor Education
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Design and Visual Communication
  • Technology Engineering
  • Technology Wood
  • Directions Focus
  • Accounting in Retail Practice
  • Accounting Reports for Decision Making
  • Food and Nutrition (A & B)
  • Culinary Arts (A & B)
  • Mainly External Maths and Stats (A & B)
  • Mainly Internal Maths and Stats (A & B)
  • Fully Internal Maths and Stats (A & B)
  • Individual differences can be overcome
  • Healthier minds, healthier people
  • Dive Right In
  • Coaching and Leadership
  • Better than Before
  • Performance Training
  • Psychology
  • Laboratory Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Myths and Mayhem
  • Heroes and the Glory of Rome
  • Geography – Exploring Aoraki
  • Geographic Crime Investigations (CGI)
  • History of Our Back Yard
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • Introduction to Tourism & Travel
  • Tourism – Impacts and Extension

English is compulsory, but all other subjects are optional. Year 12 students will have access to specialist career planning advice throughout the year so that they can plan their courses and vocational pathways.

Year 13

Year 13 students can take 5 or 6 full-year courses in year 13. 60+ credits are required to gain NCEA Level 3. Students need to select their Year 13 courses carefully so that they can enter into universities or polytechnics of their choice. The University Entrance qualification should be gained by the end of Year 13.

Year 13 students will have access to specialist career planning advice throughout the year so that they can plan their courses, develop their vocational pathways and apply for tertiary scholarships.

Students study five or six subjects to gain 60 credits for Level Three NCEA

Year 13 students can choose at least five subjects from the list below:

● Painting *

● Photography & Design *

● Accounting *

● Business Studies *

● Dance *

● Digital Skills

● Digital Technology *

● Production & Performance *

● English Language

● English Literature *

● Culinary Arts

● Food & Nutrition *

● Textiles Technology *

● Japanese *

● Spanish *

● Mathematics with Calculus *

● Mathematics and Statistics *

● Statistics *

● Music *

● Healthy people…healthy country? *

● Physical Education *

● Biology *

● Chemistry *

● Physics *

● Conquering – Greek & Roman Style *

● Geography *

● History *

● Tourism

● Design and Visual Communication *

● Technology Engineering

● Technology Wood

● Directions Focus

* Denotes ‘University Approved’ course (for UE)

STAR courses

In addition to our Year 11, 12, and 13 courses, Hillmorton High School also offers a range of STAR courses. These courses are provided by outside agencies including polytechnics, universities, and private providers, and enable students to gain NCEA credits by participating in experiences relevant to their career plan. There is no cost to students.

Gateway Programme (NCEA Level Two and Three)

The Gateway programmes provide an opportunity for students to explore their career ideas through weekly workplace experiences, while still continuing their high school education. As with STAR courses, there is no cost to the student.y programme is administered by Mrs Stanley in the Careers Centre. 

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