Course Selection & Future Education

As the choice of subjects at Year 12 becomes much more diverse, it is important students make a careful and planned selection of subjects. Up until Year 11, the choice of subjects has been directed toward providing a strong grounding across the different learning areas of the curriculum.


Please click the following course planning guide to view the subject selection at each year level.

Seek advice about the career possibilities that interest you, as well as the courses available at universities, polytechnics and other training providers.

Career Development Information to consider

Deciding and Acting: Career research shows that most students cement their career ideas when they are 15-16, although some can be as late as in their early twenties. Students should pick a subject because they enjoy it and can see several pathways that they are be interested in, rather than focussing on one.

Specific points to note about course selections:

  • Mathematics should not be discarded lightly. It is a prerequisite for many university and polytechnic courses and many careers.
  • Physics, Chemistry and Biology are necessary for many science-based courses, especially those leading to careers in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary science. It is possible to staircase into these subjects, though it can take longer so seek advice before dispelling them.
  • English is not compulsory at Year 13, but universities and polytechnics usually require English or another writing subject in the first year courses. The University of Auckland does require 17 English credits at Level 2 or Level 3 for most first year courses.
  • Prospective Engineering students should take Calculus, Physics and preferably Chemistry.
  • Prospective Architecture students should take Physics and Calculus.
  • Prospective Bachelor of Commerce students should have a good background in Mathematics. Also, Calculus is essential for those majoring in Economics, Money and Finance, It is also recommended for those students intending to major in Accounting. Economics and Accounting at Year 13, that these are useful, but not essential prerequisites for University Accounting.
  • Calculus is recommended for students intending to major in Computer Science and Technology courses.

The Careers Department team and Tutors are available to talk to students about subject selection and career pathways. Click here to see their website

There are three NCEA qualifications: Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 offered at Wellington College.

Course Selection Considerations

Entry to a course at the next level will be granted on the basis of performance in the current year. Full entry into the next level of study does not guarantee that a student shall be entitled to study any subject at that level. Each Head of Department will establish minimum entry requirements for a course of study. This precaution is to protect both the applicant and the attainment potential of the students entered for the course.

Wellington College Assessment Procedures

Students are given clear information about procedures and the assessment of standards offered at the beginning of each course studied. This will include the criteria and assessment methods to be used, the frequency of such assessments and the procedures to be followed where further assessment is available.


Students are expected to attend class on a regular basis as set out in the school policy on attendance.

 Detailed Course Information Y 9 & 10

 Detailed Course Information Y 11 - 13