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Academic Programme

Onehunga High School’s curriculum is based on the principles of the New Zealand Curriculum. The final decision on all courses rests with the Principal.

Our Curriculum outline provides a summary of all the courses that we offer at school.  Courses offered are subject to student selection.

Academic Programme 2023


All students follow the same basic course. Subjects studied all year are English, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics and Physical Education and Te Ao Maori (Half Year). Students then chose 3 electives, which run for half a year each.

Students are also required to select a language option which is studied all year. Language options are Te Reo Maori, Chinese, Samoan or Tongan. Extra English support is available for students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Year 9 - Elective Booklet

 Y10 - Y13 Academic Programme

Students continue to study English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Health, Science and Social Studies all year.

Students also study one full year option and two half year options from:

  • Arts: Dance, Drama, Photography, Media, Music or Visual Art
  • Technology: Food and Nutrition, Digital Technologies, Product Design,  Design and Visual Communication, Automotive
  • Business:  Business Studies,  Accounting and Economics
  • Languages: Chinese, Samoan, Te Reo Māori, Tongan, Te Ao Māori
  • Business Studies, Accounting and Economic Studies
  • Physical Education: Sports Specific Programme



Year 11 students study six subjects – English, Mathematics, Science and three other subjects. Subjects offer Achievement Standards and/or Unit Standards towards Level One NCEA.

Year 12 students study English and five additional subjects. Most Year 12 students work towards Level Two NCEA. Prerequisites apply to many subjects indicating the minimum level of performance required to gain subject entry.

Most students in Year 13 work towards NCEA Level Three. Again prerequisites apply to many subjects indicating the minimum level of performance required to gain subject entry.

It is important that students take courses designed to facilitate their transition from school to tertiary study or work.

Multi-level study is an important component of the school curriculum. Senior students may, with approval from Heads of Department, combine NCEA Level One, Two and/or Three subjects.

For more detailed information about selecting courses for 2021 can be found here.

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