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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.

2018 Curriculum Outline                             2019 Curriculum Outline

For more detailed information about courses for 2019 can be found here.


All students follow the same basic course. Subjects studied all year are English, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics and Physical Education. The following subjects are studied for nine week blocks; Art, Performing Arts, Food Technology, Health Education, Digital Media, Product Design, Digital Technologies and Business.

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

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, Film and Media Studies, Music or Visual Art
• Technology: Food and Nutrition, Food for Life, Digital Technologies, Multi Materials Technology – Metal or Wood based, Robotics, Technology and Design 
• Other Chinese, French, Samoan, Te Reo Maori, Tongan, Automotive Mechanics, Business Studies, Design and Visual Communication, Accounting and Economic Studies, 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.

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