Year 11-13 Option Selection

All Year 11 and 12 students are required to study FIVE OR SIX SUBJECTS.

Most students at Rosmini College go on to study in Year 13.  The majority of students in Year 13 will be attempting to gain University Entrance and NCEA Level 3.

For this reason, before choosing Level 1 and 2 subjects, students and parents should look at Level 2 and 3 subjects (including those that can be started at a higher level). If a student has a particular career in mind, the prerequisites for this should be investigated. 

 Level 1 (Year 11) Courses

  • RE/ Health, PE and English and Maths are compulsory and will be automatically selected.
  • If you are a five subject student, select three subjects plus one reserve subject.
  • If you are a six subject student, select three subjects plus one reserve subject which becomes your fourth subject.
  • If you select General Science you cannot select Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
  • Six subjects are only available to students currently in 10PJH.

Level 2 (Year 12) Courses

  • RE/ Health, PE and English are compulsory and will be automatically selected.
  • If you are a five subject student, three subjects plus one reserve subject.
  • If you select General Science you cannot select Physics, Chemistry or Biology
  • If you are a six subject student, select four subjects plus one reserve subject
  • Most students will select three subjects plus one reserve subject.

Six subjects are only available to students who have been studying six subjects this year. 

Level 3 (Year 13) Courses

All Year 13 students are required to study FIVE options as well as R.E and P.E.

The majority of students in Year 13 will be attempting to gain University Entrance and NCEA Level 3.

For this reason, before choosing Level 3 subjects, students and parents should look at the Level 3 subjects, and ensure if university is a consideration for the future, that 4 of the options chosen are university approved (these subjects are marked ‘*UE Approved’ in this booklet)

If a student has a particular career in mind, the prerequisites for this should be investigated. 

Important to note at Level 3 (Year 13)

  • RE and PE are compulsory and will be automatically selected.
  • Students need to select 5 other options they want to take in 2019.
  • We recommend students choose at least one English rich subject.
  • Students planning to go to university need to ensure they have at least four university approved subjects.
  • Students picking up a new academic subject at Year 13 need to have gained at least 14 credits in an English rich subject at Level 2.

Senior Entrance Examinations

Senior Entrance Examinations have been renamed. The reason this change has occurred is because it aligns with the decision to use school exams as the prerequisite for entrance into courses for the following year (as opposed to NCEA exam results which is what it has been in the past). This is particularly important for students who are currently in Years 11 and 12 as it will determine the courses teachers are able to recommend they go into for 2020. 

If students do better than expected in NCEA, there is a possibility they may be able to change courses. There is no guarantee, however, that places will be available to students as classing, teacher allocation and the timetable will be determined by what happens in the entrance exams. 

These exams are also important as should students not be able to sit their external NCEA exams at the end of the year, these exams will assist with providing a derived grade.

Consequently, self interest leave during the Senior Entrance Examinations is strongly discouraged and will need to be approved by the Headmaster. The advice given to students is to study carefully and thoroughly for the entrance examinations so they are meeting the prerequisites for their chosen courses in the future and are covering themselves if they are prevented from sitting their NCEA exams at the end of the year.