Curriculum

A 100% pass rate in 2023 for Wellington College International students sitting University Entrance !

We prepare students for New Zealand and global university entrance. The National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) is globally recognised. We also offer other New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) standards, and Cambridge Math and University Math through our connection with Victoria University. Find out below why we no longer offer NCEA Level 1 at Wellington College

NCEA has been used by international Wellington College graduates for university entrance into:

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  • Australia
  • Germany
  • North America
  • Canada
  • Singapore
  • United Kingdom

Most recently: University College London, University of Warwick, University of Edinburgh, Melbourne University, Imperial College, Nayang Technological University, Sydney University, University of New South Wales, Michigan State University, University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham.

Wellington College international student graduates are often awarded prestigious university scholarships.

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Where has Level 1 NCEA gone ?

Preparing Learners for Level 2 and Level 3 University Entrance through the Year 9 – 11 Learning Progression Framework

To better prepare our learners for Level 2 and Level 3 University Entrance we no longer offer the NCEA Level 1 Qualification. Our Year 11 programme of study now sits within the Wellington College Learning Progression Framework. Designed by our curriculum experts our Year 11 learning courses have been specifically built to prepare learners for Level 2 and 3 University Entrance NCEA.

Wellington College Schooling

We provide a range of subjects and study options for students. So, whether you want to be an actor or an engineer, we can support you to get what you need to achieve academic and career pathway goals.

International students follow the same academic programmes as domestic students.

Secondary (High School) study lasts five years and begins when students are 12 or 13 years old. The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main school qualification and is globally recognised as a university entrance pathway. Wellington College also offers Cambridge and University Math. NCEA has equivalency to both the Cambridge (CAIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) qualifications.

The NCEA qualification is flexible; higher ability students can be assessed against higher level achievement standards; lower ability students can be assessed against lower level achievement standards.

In English, for example, the teacher could set a writing task and assess students against Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 standards, depending on your ability.

In Mathematics, students can complete their class-based assessments for Level 1 standards, and then make a start on some Level 2 standards.

Being flexible with the level of study means all of our students are challenged at the appropriate level.

At Wellington College we believe learners achieve best when they are challenged at the appropriate level. For example, it is quite common for a Year 10 or 11 student to be studying Year 12 or Year 13 Math or Physics.

Learning the English Language

English Language is a subject taken by students for whom English is not their first language. Students are tested on arrival and the most appropriate programme within the English or English Language Department will be determined. This decision will depend on the student’s English ability, previous academic level and age.

There are four separate programmes within the English Language Department:

  • Reception English ( for those students with very limited English Language)
  • English Language: Years 9 and 10
  • English Language: Years 11 – 13
  • English Language: Level 1 and Level 2 (Literacy standards)

Reception Class

These language-support classes are designed for a student with a foundation level of English Language or lower. A student will graduate out of the reception class and into the their peer level ELL class when they are assessed proficient to do so.

English Language at Years 9 and 10 (9ELL), (10ELL)

These language-support classes are designed around the abilities and needs of the students. A student may be at any level, ranging from Basic to Intermediate level. If a student’s test result at the beginning of the year shows that they are above the Intermediate level, then it is in their best interest to select a different option subject. Please note: All Year 9 and Year 10 students will also study English in a mainstream class.

English Language at Years 11 to 13 (11ELL), (12ELL) (13ELL)

These classes are for students who still require a level of support with their academic English. Students will study and be assessed against English Language unit standards at levels 1, 2 and 3. The primary objective at Level 3 is to develop students’ academic writing and reading skills in preparation for university study.

English for Literacy (11ELU or 12ELU)

In these courses, students can study and be assessed against NCEA English achievement standards at Level 1 or Level 2. Level 1 achievement standards enable students to study towards the NCEA Level 1 Literacy requirements. The Level 2 achievement standards enable students to study towards meeting the literacy requirements for University Entrance.