Course Overviews

Below you will find Course Overviews for all our timetabled courses.
Use the information in these to help plan your year.

Title Learning Area Levels LA Code
Film Studies English

Film Studies

Film Studies explores the many aspects of films from the technical to the social and political. The course is essentially project based whereby students are expected to research or explore the ideas or concepts, touched on in the class, in their own time. NCEA assessments may be attempted at any time by individuals who choose to do so and have displayed the skills and...

6, 7 GEOM
Level 3 Chemistry 2018 material world, nature of science

Welcome to chemistry, a branch of science steeped in rich history, and also at the forefront of the most exciting scientific and technological breakthroughs of today! The field of chemistry evolved out of mankind’s insatiable curiosity about the “stuff” that makes up the world around us, and how it can react and change to produce useful and extraordinary things. For thousands of years, people...

Integrated Studies 1 Social Sciences, English


Integrated Studies combines Business Studies, English, and Enterprise into a holistic learning programme.

Integrated Studies at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery is mainly project based and aims to develop students into independent thinkers and learners who are able to drive their own learning experiences.

Students can plan their own courses but a...

FOUNDATION MATHEMATICS Mathematics & Statistics

In maths students will explore relationships in quantities, space and data and learn to express these relationships in ways that help them to make sense of the world around them.
Learning maths should help students to become knowledgeable citizens in an information and data driven time.
The fundamental learning outcomes in maths are to develop -
The ability to think...

MATHEMATICS LEVEL 2 Mathematics & Statistics

COURSE A (externals)

Statistics Mathematics & Statistics

Foundation Science nature of science, living world, material world, physical world, planet earth and beyond

Welcome to Science!

34 SCIENCE Science

34 Science is an introductory course to support students become familiar with Scientific processes and theories. This will be a block based course, with a strong emphasis on experimentation, investigation and practical applications of Science. We will cover all areas of the Science curriculum, with a different focus area in each block.

Level 1 Science material world, living world, physical world, nature of science

Welcome back to Science!

NCEA Level 3 History for UE Social Sciences

Level 3 study of History at Ao Tawhiti is focused on providing students with the ability to gain Level 3 qualifications and UE with History. Students studying History for the year have the opportunity to sit 3 standards internally for a total of 15 credits plus one external exam for an additional 4 credits. At this level value is placed on students' ability to to design their own project of...

NCEA Level 1 and 2 History Social Sciences

At each NCEA level a year plan exists that progresses students towards independent historic inquiry.

Term 1 is a good time to experiment with History and to join a class-based topic. Identification of historic context and communication of differing perspectives are assessment outcomes of this course. Creative ways of accessing and using historical resources to explain differences of...

6, 7 RICM
Level 2 Physics physical world, nature of science

Welcome to Physics!

Studying Physics is studying the universe around us and figuring out how it works. More specifically, it is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy. As this is a wide and ambitious goal, Physics traditionally separates in several subfields: Mechanics and motion, Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Optics, Waves, Sound, Heat, Nuclear...

Level 3 Physics physical world, nature of science

Welcome back to Physics!

Studying Physics is studying the universe around us and figuring out how it works. More specifically, it is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy. As this is a wide and ambitious goal, Physics traditionally separates in several subfields: Mechanics and motion, Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Optics, Waves,...

Philosophy of Mind listening, reading, and viewing, speaking, writing, and presenting, nature of science

Course begins: Term 3.1
What is a mind? Can the mind extend beyond the brain? Can a computer be literally part of your mind? Is a mind the sort of thing that has parts?

The fields of Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science attempt to answer these questions. Through this course students will be introduced to historical answers to the questions above. Students will compare...

7, 8 BRES
Philosophy Social Sciences, speaking, writing, and presenting, nature of science, listening, reading, and viewing

What is Philosophy about?
Philosophy is the subject that specializes in exploring fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. For example: What is reality? What does it mean for me to know something? What is space? What is time? What is a Mind? Does God exist? How should I live, and who should decide?

Philosophical discussion draws on imaginative...

4, 5 BRES
Philosophy - Phil139 Ethics, Politics, Justice None / Other

How we should live our lives is the most important question of all. What makes our actions right or wrong? Is it our culture, our emotions, facts about the world, or God's commands? Are pleasure and happiness all that really matters? What should we do when justice and freedom conflict with happiness or with each other? Should we always obey the law? Is taxation legalised theft? This course...

Philosophy - Science: Good, Bad, Bogus English, Science

Society is awash with weird and wonderful theories, ideas and practices that controvert mainstream science: homeopathy, astrology, UFOs, ghosts, clairvoyance, faith healing, bleeding statues, telepathy, precognition, spoon bending, Big Foot, dowsing, Bible code, magnet therapy, Karma, reincarnation and Ouija boards – to name just a few. What should one believe about such phenomena? How is one...

7, 8 BRES
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY Technology, technological knowledge, technological practice, nature of technology

This course aims to be flexible to meet the varied needs of students. You can work at NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 but you will need either design or coding experience to attempt anything more than Level 1.

This year I will be working closely Renea in UPT Digital. This class will run in the Incubator and aim to support students to do assessments following there passions and interests.


6, 7, 8 DERT
Level 1 Mathematics Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematicians seek out patterns and use them to formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation,...